Rotary Swimarathon 2019
On Saturday 23rd February - appropriately the World Rotary Day - members of the East Sutherland Rotary Family--- Interact, Rotary and especially Rotakids gathered at the Sutherland Swimming Pool in Golspie to raise cash through sponsored swims to help eradicate Polio. Over 1,600 lengths were covered by those brave and happy souls who swam until they dropped!
One member did it through growing his beard, turning it purple and selling to the highest bidder the right to shave it off - an honour that went to Highland Councillor Deirdre Mackay.
The enthusiasm was just as high as before, as young and perhaps less young, Made a Splash for Charity. The final figures will not be ready until all sponsor money has been collected but between the beard and the Swim it is expected in the region of £2,000 will have been raised and with help from Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this will result in a donation of about £8,000 towards the Eradication of polio.
A special thanks must go to Highlife Highland and the fabulous staff at the Sutherland Swimming Pool who did so much to ensure that this was a success, and to teacher and Rotarian Beth Christie from Brora Primary and others from Rogart and Helmsdale who encouraged the younger swimmers to make it a great day.