Swimathon organiser Alex Evans (left) pictured with veteran swimmer Vic Carpenter.
Swimathon organiser Alex Evans (left) pictured with veteran swimmer Vic Carpenter.

Swimathon set to make a hot splash

THE Friends For Heating Mullum Pool Inc is organising a swimathon to help raise funds for what they say would be Byron Shire’s first large, heated public pool.

The group has also launched a website – www.friendsforheatingmullumpool.com.au – to act as an online hub for its campaign to get Mullumbimby’s Petria Thomas Pool heated so it can remain open all year.

The group runs a structured meeting once a month at the Mullumbimby RSL, and have begun to explore options for large-scale grant funding and corporate sponsorship to cover the costs of the pool-heating proposal.

This environmentally sustainable proposal, now estimated at approximately $600,000, includes the installation of solar panels and associated water heating and pumping equipment.

The group says it is trying to do the fundraising through “fun things that have the merit of positive community events”, such as the swimathon, planned for November 19. It says the swimathon would be a family-oriented event that would also raise community awareness of environmental sustainability, with displays showing how the new solar PV electricity generation and solar water heat pump systems would work.

Schools, community groups, health groups and families would all benefit from the extra months of swimming, to say nothing of the sturdy ‘100 Club’ members like 60-odd year old Vic Carpenter, who swam more than 500km last season and was up for more, and John Dallihou, who did more than 400km. 



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