Wellesley pupils and Dolphin Swim School manage a total of 2810 lengths swum in aid of Breast Cancer Care and the Walking Wounded.
On the 28th September Wellesley pupils and Dolphin Swim School took part in an inspiring swimming challenge covering 8,446 lengths to support the Coxless Crew. This is a team of women who will be achieving a world first by rowing 8,446 miles unsupported across the Pacific Ocean, from San Francisco, California to Cairns, Australia. In the process they aim to raise at least a quarter of a million pounds for two charities, Walking With The Wounded and Breast Cancer Care.
In support of the Crew's final leg from Samoa to Cairns (2810) miles, Wellesley aimed to swim 2810 lengths to show their solidarity with the crew and also to help raise money for the charities involved. Thirty-four pupils and the Headmaster swam to reach the total over the four-hour event on Monday 28th Sept. Many of the pupils swam double sessions and the top swimmer covered 140 lengths.
The swimmers were so inspired that they asked to stay on way beyond their sessions and dug deep to exceed their original targets. So many children volunteered to play a role in some way, counting lengths, ferrying drinks and cheering on. Some children who were watching asked to participate at the last minute to help us reach the target and are now raising money retrospectively. There was a real buzz and an amazing community spirit.
We would like to thank parents and relatives for their generous donations. All the money raised will be donated to the aforementioned charities.