Over 900 hundred young swimmers across Newfoundland and Labrador have raised over $105,000 for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador by participating in this year’s Swim for Hope.

These young swimmers – whose ages range from six to 18 years old – are members of 12 Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador clubs who, along with Community Challenge swimmers, participated in the annual Swim for Hope, in communities from Gander to Port aux Basques, Mount Pearl to Labrador City.

Since this event began over ten years ago, more than $750,000 has been raised.

“The amount of money these young swimmers have raised for cancer care in this province is incredible,” says Lisa Shallow, Annual Fund Officer at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. “We want to thank the hundreds of volunteer organizers, parents, coaches, donors and swimmers who gave 110% to make this years event a success! Thanks are also extended to our Presenting Sponsor Aliant for their generous support.”

“It’s encouraging to witness so many swimmers and their families passionate about this provincial fundraising initiative. At Aliant, we feel it’s important to support and encourage our young people, particularly when they are engaged in such a great project. Aliant is proud to be a part of Swim for Hope again this year, and wishes to congratulate its participants on raising over $105,000!” says Brenda Noseworthy, Regional Manager for Aliant.

Swim for Hope took place on Friday, March 14th in 12 communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. This fun event consisted of a 12-hour continuous swim relay where participants collected pledges from individual and corporate sponsors. The relay requires athletic ability and endurance and has phenomenal appeal to the members of Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador. Participation in Swim for Hope involves young people working as a team in an atmosphere of friendly rivalry against time constraints and other competing teams.

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation develops, stewards and distributes charitable resources to enhance treatment and supportive care programs for cancer patients, fund local cancer research initiatives and provide continuing education opportunities for staff of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and affiliated cancer programs in Newfoundland and Labrador