Staff members of Tatura Hospital and Aged Care Facility have taken part in a fundraising swimming challenge where teams had to swim 100 laps of Tatura's pool.JENNA BISHOP February 24, 2014 4:45am
Tatura Hospital's team members Sue Walters, Erica Varapodio and Larry Thomson test the waters at the Tatura Swimming Pool.
There has been no slow and tentative dipping of the toes into the water for these three — they have dived in head-first to raise money for Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility.
Tatura Hospital staff members Sue Walters, Erica Varapodio and Larry Thomson were part of a 20-strong team to take on the 100-Lap Challenge on Saturday.
Challenge participants had to swim 100 laps of Tatura’s 33
About 60 people registered to swim, some individually and others as part of a team.
The members of the 20-man team decided to get involved to raise funds and show a bit of community spirit.
‘‘It’s because (the hospital) will benefit, especially all the residents and hospital patients,’’ Mrs Varapodio said.
The first-time entrants were not daunted by the prospect of getting through 100 laps, either.
‘‘We’ve got pool legend Larry, who can swim 30 laps,’’ Mrs Varapodio said before the swim.
In previous years, the challenge has helped raise more than $50
The 100-Lap Challenge began two decades ago with a strange conversation and a bet between friends John Ryan, Vic Balentini and Ange Serra at Tatura’s Bottom Pub about who could swim 100 laps of the pool.
Twenty years later, the event is one of the main fundraisers for the Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility.
Funds raised this year will go towards purchasing new televisions for residents’ rooms at Parkvilla.
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