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Teams take to the pool for Thame Swimathon

The annual event is back, raising money for local charities.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 1st March 2020. 2-minute read.

Teams take to the pool for Thame Swimathon

20 teams will take to the pool in Thame today, in an annual fundraising marathon.

The Thame Swimathon is back, organised by the Rotary Club and raising money for several charities around the area.

The event starts at 11am and lasts until 3pm.

Marius Ciortan, chairman of the Thame Swimathon steering group said:

"Following our appeal in January, teams of schoolchildren from John Hampden Thame, Ickford, Watlington and Haddenham Junior schools will join Barley Hill School teams, Q4 and Rapid 6, and Wheatley Park School Interact Club who have participated in the previous years.

"The newly formed Phoenix Community Club, a satellite of Thame & District Rotary, will also participate.

"It is now time to choose your favourite team and show your support with a donation."

The Virgin Money Giving links are now available onto the Thame Swimathon page of the Rotary Club of Thame & District's website www.thame.rotary1090.org and on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thamerotary.

All Thame Swimathon swimmers will receive medals awarded by Ann Midwinter, Mayor of Thame, or by Peter Allen, President of the Rotary Club of Thame & District.

Rotary Club Thame & District main charities supported during 2019-2020 are Thame Young Carers, Red Kite Family Centre Thame & Chinnor, and The Maple Tree Children's Centre Wheatley.

Most of the teams took the option to allocate 50% of the funds towards their favourite charity or cause.

The event is possible due to generous local sponsors who covered the swimming pool hiring costs: Thame Leisure Centre and Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust.

Aston Hearing Thame kindly supported the event with the cost of producing the medals.

Volunteers from Thame Inner Wheel, Wheatley Park Interact Club and Phoenix Community Club will be supporting Thame and District Rotarians with the counting of lengths swum by teams.

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