YMCAs across Australia are holding a national Swimathon on 5 March to help children and adults with a disability learn to swim and feel empowered to safely enjoy the water.
Since it began in 2012, YMCA’s annual Swimathon appeal has helped thousands of Australians with a disability learn how to swim and access the water safely.
YMCA Swimathon raises money to support YMCAs programs that offer specialised, one-on-one swimming instruction to people with disability. Funds raised through YMCA Swimathon also enable the purchase of equipment such as pool lifts, ramps and water wheelchairs, which allow people to access our aquatic facilities year round.
On Sunday 5 March 2017, YMCA Swimathon events will take place at YMCA-managed centres across the country. To maximise its impact and to include all of the community, this year’s Swimathon will take place, not only at our aquatic centres but also at many of YMCA’s ‘dry centres’, where the traditional swimming challenges will be replaced by Swimathon-themed Family Fun Day activities.
Our 2017 YMCA Swimathon national target is $390,000. This would allow us to give more than 500 people with disability access to swimming lessons and water safety