The 21st Windsor Lions Annual Swimathon is up and running to help local good causes to raise funds
The Windsor Lions, the leading local community service organisation, is looking for even more teams to enter this year’s swimathon, The Big Splash!, one of the Club’s major fundraisers of the year, to be held on Sunday 15th October at Windsor Leisure Pool. Already 21 teams have entered but with a target of at least 60 teams there is still plenty of time for local good causes to seize this fun opportunity to raise money for themselves.
Lion Mike Sells, the event organiser, enthused: “ I am thrilled by the response so far of local good causes but we have plenty of capacity for more teams. This really is a great opportunity for local organisations which need to raise funds to enter a swimming team and reap 100% of the sponsorship money they attract. We are aiming for a best-ever Big Splash! this year – so organisations out there in need of funds, here is your opportunity! Please get in touch – but hurry, first come, first served!”
Over the years, this popular event has raised almost £175,000 for local good causes. Schools, sports clubs, service organisations and hundreds of individuals have benefitted as a direct result of the swimathon which offers a very simple and straightforward way to raise money. A team of up to 8 swimmers swim in rotation for 55 minutes and raise their money through sponsorship. The Windsor Lions organise and staff the whole event so there is nothing else for the teams to do other than find the swimmers and attract sponsors.
Lion Mike continued: “We are appealing to local charities and other groups in the community which need to raise money to enter one or more teams –there is plenty of time but entries will be managed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The Big Splash! really is an amazing opportunity for them to have great fun and raise funds by helping themselves – it couldn’t be simpler!”
The 20th Windsor Lions Annual Swimathon – as popular as ever!
41 teams, that’s over 250 swimmers, swam all day on Sunday at Windsor Leisure Pool to raise money for their own good causes in what the Windsor Lions has described a ‘major fundraising success’! Over £8,000 was raised on the day and a great deal more – at least double – is expected to roll in over the coming weeks as sponsorship money is collected.
Teams consisting of young and old swimmers raced enthusiastically up and down the pool striving to raise as much money as possible for their good causes. Event Organiser Lion Mike Sells was delighted. “What a fantastic day! We had a really good turnout – everybody gets so excited about the event, especially the youngsters, that it becomes infectious and creates a huge buzz around the pool. It’s great!”
Once again, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, was in attendance to see her Team get proceedings underway at 9.00am. Well over 2000 laps (that is two lengths of the pool) were recorded throughout the day by teams representing the Brownies & Guides, disability sport with SportsAble and Electric Eels, Windsor Horse Rangers and cancer charities amongst numerous others. New teams this year included a very enthusiastic Clewer Green school and St Mary’s School in Winkfield. Even a member of the public joined in at the last moment and made her donation for the privilege.
The Swimathon is one of the major fundraisers of Windsor Lions’ annual calendar and has raised over £160k over its twenty year history all of which has been donated back to the participating charities. It is therefore a fantastic event for local good causes to help themselves without all the work and worry of staging the event.
Lion Mike concluded: “We have had great feedback and a dozen teams are already booked for next year. We are reverting to our Autumn schedule so it will be Sunday 15th October 2017. We will look forward to another record breaking year in 2017 so teams should get in early and start their planning now – to make it a really BIG Splash!, one to remember. Simply contact Lion Mike Sells on: mobile 0845 833 4749; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.windsorlions.co.uk.”
The Windsor Lions distributes thousands of pounds to local good causes
Another major success for Windsor Lions last Friday evening at Windsor Cricket Club in the Home Park where the Club celebrated the successes of its ‘Big Splash!’ swimathon event held in May. At the Annual Awards evening, over £7500 was distributed to numerous local charities and other good causes.
The Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Mrs Eileen Quick and her Consort, together with over 50 guests and numerous members of Windsor Lions Club attended what was the 19th Big Splash! Awards Evening. Over the 19 years of the event, over £145,000 has been donated to the good causes nominated by the swimming teams. It was a great evening enjoyed by all, not least by the award winners who picked up cheques and, for some, trophies. Among the award winners were Willow Hefferman for best sponsored junior, East Berkshire Downs Syndrome Group for best sponsored seniors, the Windsor Leisure Centre for most laps swum by a senior team, and the President’s Cup to Michelle Rankin for her help in promoting the Big Splash! Event to new teams.
Event organizer, Lion Mike Sells enthused: “We have had another excellent event this evening doing what Windsor Lions do best – distributing much needed funds to local charities and other good causes and having great fun in the process. Roll on May 2016 when we can do it all over again!!”
Local Charities & Good Causes set to receive thousands of pounds raised by Windsor Lions Swimathon
What: A presentation evening of cheques and trophies to many representatives of local charities and other good causes
When: Friday 25th September – 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
Where: The Player’s Clubhouse at the Windsor Cricket Club, Home Park, Windsor. The Windsor Cricket Clubhouse is located on the first floor of the building – address: Windsor Cricket Club, Home Park, Romney Lock Road, Windsor, SL4 6HX.
We will be celebrating our 19th Swimathon which over the years has raised £115K all being distributed to local charities and good causes. This year 18 charities will benefit from the efforts of the teams who participated in Swimathon 2015.
The Mayor, Cllr Eileen Quick will be attending from 7.15pm and will be available to the press and early guests. During the evening canapés and drinks will be served.