Swimming Canada announces three Swim-a-thon Grand Prizes


As part of the launch of the new online Swim-a-thon donation program, Swimming Canada is pleased to announce three exciting prizes that will recognize top fundraisers from across Canada.

This new online Swim-a-thon platform allows swimmers to request donations through email or social media, makes it simple for donations to be paid by credit card from anywhere in the world and increases the ability to thank donors and provide charitable receipts (to those eligible).

Top Individual Fundraiser

The individual swimmer who raises the most money will win a $5,000 travel credit to take his or her family on a fabulous vacation anywhere they choose. This can be spent on airfares, hotel nights on one trip or three!

In order to qualify please note:

1) A multi-swimmer family that registers each swimmer with their own individual donor page will be automatically eligible to win the grand prize.
2) A family that has a single donor page for multiple swimmers in that family can be included, but based on the average amount raised by each registered swimmer in the family. (i.e. Your family total will be divided by the number of registered competitive swimmers in the family.)
3) In a case of a tie between two individuals with the same amount raised, a draw will determine the winner. Only one grand prize will be awarded.

Top Fundraising Club – overall AND
Top Fundraising Club – per registered competitive swimmer

Sponsored by Speedo® Canada

The swim club that raises the most money overall and the swim club that raises the most money per registered competitive swimmer will also win great prizes. 

Thanks to Swimming Canada’s partner Speedo® Canada, each of these winning clubs will receive a club visit from either two-time Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane or from 19-time Paralympic medalist and world-record holder Benoit Huot.  These visits will take place in the fall of 2014 and be a great way for the team to celebrate their success!

Please note:
•    Additional prizes may be announced throughout the season. 
•    All Swim-a-thon campaigns must be closed no later than May 30, 2014. 
•    Only funds generated through the official online donation platform is considered in these calculations.
•    In a case of a tie (between two clubs with the same amount raised overall and/or per registered competitive swimmer) a draw will determine the winner. Only one grand prize will be distributed to each of the top fundraising swim club overall and the top fundraising swim club per registered competitive swimmer.

In the Swim Ontario test last season, Swim-a-thon raised $643,235 – an increase of more than $200,000 from 2012. The top individual raised $4,990 and the top swim club raised more than $33,000. In addition, the average donation increased to more than $30.  

We look forward to an exciting season of Swim-a-thon!

Scott Harrigan
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