“It keeps Gen’s spirit alive,” said coach Peter Carpenter of his team’s exceptional efforts.
The team welcomed a new annual award last year recongnizing courage and determination in Gen’s honour. And while it can be argued that standing on Sherbrooke Street in a bathing suit in 10-degree weather takes both those characteristics, the award and the Loonie Line combine to send a greater message. Over the last three years the McGill swim team has raised over $7,000.00 one loonie at a time. This unique, and admittedly creative effort, was celebrated last December by the Cedars Cancer Institute which uses the funds for equipment, care, research and education.
“It’s a phenomenal example of what can be done,” said Jeff Shamie, director general at Cedars. “The swimmers told a very strong and emotional story of their former coach at the meeting. It was a true testament of how much she meant to them and we are so grateful for their donation.”
Buidling on that success, this year’s efforts garnered a record $2951.90, not bad for a hard day’s work.
If you missed the Loonie Line and would like to top up the total to $3,000.00, the swim team, who are also in their Speedos most mornings and evenings at Memorial Pool, will gladly accept your donation.