Rotary invitation to take part in Ellon ‘Swimarathon’

Ellon Community Centre and Swimming Pool
Ellon Community Centre and Swimming Pool

Ellon Rotarians are urging local people to “get in the swim” next month.

As part of a global attempt to get the most number of swimmers taking part in a sponsored event, Ellon Rotary Club is hoping as many people as possible will enter for the Swimarathon.

The fund-raising event will be held at Ellon community pool on Sunday, March 2, between noon and 2pm.

Rotary Club spokesman Doug Winchester said: “Swimmers of all abilities and ages are asked to swim a couple of lengths - or more if wanted.

“It’s the number of people swimming that’s important. Similar events will be taking place up and down the country, and throughout the world.”

The event is being run to raise money for the End Polio Now, a campaign run by Rotary International to rid the world of polio. It has been recently reported that India is the latest country destined to be declared polio-free, so the organisation points to this as evidence that the campaign is working.

Rotary International believes the global swim event will help to complete the job.

Minimum sponsorship for the Swimarathon is £20 per adult, £10 per child (5-12 years of age).

For every £1 raised, Rotary Foundation - the organisation’s own charity - will double it, and the Bill Gates Trust will double it again.

Anyone wanting further details about the fundraiser should contact swimarathon@ellon.org.uk or phone 08452 260319.