Online Swim-a-thon in full swing

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OTTAWA – Swimming Canada’s new online Swim-a-thon donation program is well underway, with clubs from coast to coast working their way towards a goal of raising more than $1.5 million.

The Grande Prairie Piranhas of Alberta are the top fundraising club so far in the campaign using the new platform that allows swimmers to request donations through email or social media.

Other provincial leaders include the Comox Valley (B.C.) Aquatic Club (Sharks), the Nepean Kanata (Ont.) Barracudas, the Port Hawkesbury Antigonish (N.S.) Swim Team (PHAST), the Brandon (Man.) Bluefins Swim Club, Sackville (N.B.) Swim Club and Quebec’s Club Aquatique Charlesbourg.

The new program 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). All Swim-a-thon campaigns must be closed no later than May 31.

This year, the individual swimmer who raises the most money will win a $5,000 travel credit to take his or her family on a vacation anywhere they choose.

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.

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