Make a big splash in fight against cancer

March 21, 2018

Sarah McWhinney, Maree Macague and Jacinta Read from Splash 'N' Learn To Swim will be dying and shaving their hair for the World's Greatest Shave.

THEY’LL be shaving it.

Colouring it.

Chopping it off.

And it will all be for a vital cause.

Four Splash ’N’ Learn to Swim members (team name ‘Rochy Water Rats’) will take part in the World’s Greatest Shave this Friday to help beat blood cancer.

The team has already made it to the halfway point of their $800 goal for the Leukaemia Foundation. But they need your help to reach target.

Locals are invited to come along to an afternoon of fun and fundraising at Splash ’N’ Learn to Swim this Friday.

There’ll be a range of local stalls, activities for the kids, tea and coffee and cake — and possibly even some fairy floss.

“We welcome anybody who has a home-based business to come and show their wares,” owner Maree Macague said.

“I’m also going to put my hair into pigtails, and people can pay $5 to chop one off.”

Team members Maree and Sam Lees will be shaving their heads, while Sarah McWhinney and Jacinta Read will have their hair dyed.

They’ll all be in the expert hands of Cathy from Amped Hair.

But the main drawcard will be demonstrations from people who defied all odds to swim.

Like seven-year-old Jackson Taylor, who was told he wasn’t going to make it to six months, much less swim.

Or sisters Eliza and Felicity Moon.

“Eliza was born with an extra chromosome and a hole in her heart and had to have open heart surgery,” Maree said.

“Felicity had a brain tumour which had to be removed when she was just an infant.”

Or Helen Harcoan, who initially struggled to stand near a pool without crying — but is now a complete water baby.

“Each of these people have achieved so much to just be living — let alone swimming,” Maree said.

The free event is on Friday, March 23, 2pm-5pm. To give to the Rochy Water Rats, visit

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