Splashing the cash to fight cancer

April 17, 2018

SPLASH ’N’ Learn to Swim has raised more than $2,700 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

SPLASH ’N’ Learn to Swim has raised more than $2,700 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The local swim school held an event recently to raise funds for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Owner Maree Macague and member Sam Lees shaved off their hair, while instructor Jacinta Read dyed hers a rainbow of colours and Sarah McWhinny had her locks spray painted.

Before they got the big shave, Sam and Maree invited people to hack off a pigtail of hair for $5.

Amped Hair was on hand throughout the day, dyeing Jacinta’s hair and tidying up Sam’s after it was chopped off.

And Maree’s own husband, Paul, blade shaved her head.

In addition to food, games, raffles and local stalls selling their goodies, local talent was also showcased in the pool.

Including Helen, a 70-year-old who had formerly been petrified of showering — much less swimming — due to a traumatising experience as a child, but who has defied all the odds to become a talented swimmer.

Or Eliza and Felicity Moon, sisters born with health complications who now swim with incredible confidence.

‘‘Jackson Taylor, who has a condition in which most of his joints are fused, showed how swimming can be adapted to anyone and that lessons can be catered to everyone’s personal needs,’’ Maree said.

‘‘Will Borucek has lots of medical conditions and was also able to show everyone his swimming ability is now at the top end of the Swim and Survive levels.

‘‘Claire Murphy, after a major car accident two years ago, was able to demonstrate just how far she has come re-learning how to swim with lots of determination.’’

With more than 100 people attending the day, Maree said it was a huge success.

‘‘It was a great day; shaving my hair off is nothing compared to what those with cancer go through,’’ Maree said.

‘‘I am very proud that we were able to raise money for such a great cause.

‘‘Thank you to all those who attended the event and have donated.’’

But the team are not finished yet. They’re hoping to make it to $3,000 — but they need your help.

To donate, head to

Cash donations can be given at the Splash ’N’ Learn to Swim office at 78 Pascoe Street, Rochester.

Lessons will continue until May 31, then begin again in July.

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