The event has been organised by the combined Rotary Clubs of Scunthorpe, Brigg and Scunthorpe Pentagon and will take place in March as North Lincolnshire’s first Rotary Swimarathon.
The event could see up to 300 swimmers descend on The Pods to raise money for local causes. The local Rotary Clubs of Brigg and Scunthorpe will be working with North Lincolnshire Council with the aim of raising as much money as possible through individual sponsorship. Every penny of donations will be donated to local charities and good causes within North Lincolnshire.
The event is open to swimmers of all ages and ability. Teams of six swimmers can apply to book a lane on the day and will have 50 minutes to swim as many lengths as they can on a relay basis.
The members of the teams will find their own sponsors and pledge whatever they can, there is no entry fee and no minimum pledge. After the Swimarathon, the team members collect in their sponsorship money and donate it to the Swimarathon Charity Fund.
Every single penny raised is added to the money raised by all of the Swimarathon teams. The combined Rotary Clubs will then distribute all the money to local charities and good causes at a public event in June. Community groups and local charities within our area can apply to receive a share of the Charity Fund distribution after the Swimarathon.
Every team participating will receive a photograph and certificate of thanks quoting the amount that they pledged. The event is sponsored by Quality Solicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby, Handelsbanken, Vending Enterprises, North Lincolnshire Council, Scunthorpe Rugby Club, GWS Vacuum Equipment, Symes Bains Broomer, RNS Chartered Accountants, Stoneacre, John Leggott College and Grange Park.
Other Rotary Swimarathons have been held in many parts of the country, with great local involvement and with lasting benefits to local good causes. Because of the generosity of many local, high-profile businesses that have agreed to sponsor all of the running costs, it is ensured that every penny of the money donated by those who sponsor the swimmers will go to support local causes.