Getting in the swim for Ellon fundraiser

The Swimarathon will be held at the Ellon Community Campus swimming pool
The Swimarathon will be held at the Ellon Community Campus swimming pool

Ellon Rotary Club, along with a host of other Rotary clubs worldwide, is holding a Swimarathon later this month.

The event on Saturday, February 25, is aimed at raising funds to support the End Polio Now campaign.

The Ellon fundraiser will be held at the swimming pool in the Ellon Community Campus and will run from 3-5pm.

Organisers are encouraging anyone who is interested in taking part to register, preferably in teams of four, at www.swimarathon,org,uk, and seek to raise sponsorship.

This will be split 50% for their own club or chosen charity, and 50% to End Polio Now.

An Ellon Rotary Club spokesman told the Times: “Any reasonably competent swimmer may participate, and if you are not able to form a team, we would urge you to register anyway and we will link you with other swimmers of a similar standard to create a team.

“Each swimmer will cover two lengths of the pool before handing over to the next member of their team who will do the same.

“Each team will swim for 25 minutes and try to cover as many lengths of the pool as they can manage in that time.”

Ellon Rotary club will co-ordinate the event on the day and will provide feedback to each team about the number of lengths they achieve.

The local Rotarians will have two teams taking part in the fundraiser.

Anyone requiring more information about the event, or about participation or to help out on the day, call Chris Hall on 01358 761444 or 07740677335, or email chris.hall@alphabus.co.uk

The Swimarathon has been in held in Ellon once before - in 2014 when more than £2000 was raised.

It is organised by Rotarians globally to support Rotary’s International charity, End Polio Now.

The disease is endemic in only three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The campaign is now moving closer to seeing the total eradication of polio and the organisation is making a final push to end the most debilitating of diseases.