Family ties support hospital

A cool morning with clear skies and chilly south breeze greeted participants in the 100 Lap Challenge on Saturday, February 22.

March 6, 2014 4:25am

Brenna Walker, Eliza Pyke, Moara Smith and Sarah Wilson

Fifty-six swimmers and several supporters rallied at Tatura Swimming Pool to support Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility.

Event convener Geoff Lipshut said four individuals who tackled the 100 laps were regulars: Barry Semmens, Trevor Anselmi, Stephen Orr and John Stewart who travelled back from Ararat to participate.

He said the other 52 swimmers, aged from six years to 79, made up teams which completed the 100 laps. The veterans team was John Stewart (Mooroopna), Ian Tavener, and Peter McCamish.

Mr Lipshut said there was a large contingent of young swimmers.

They were Gayle Forster and Timothy Runciman-Forster, Peter Finlayson and Nicolas Runciman-Forster, Sacha, Imogen and Gretl Finlayson, Lara and Cartia Miranda and Cecilia Stewart, Jill Clapperton, Greg, and Elizabeth Smith, Ian, Jeanette, Fiona, Joseph, Lydia and Esther Moorhouse, with Rachel and Fernando Gamero, Alison Christopher, Brandon Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Baye Christopher, Kobe Wilson and Leanne Houkes-Wilson.

Moara Smith teamed up with Tatura Primary friends Brenna Walker, Eliza Pike and Sarah Wilson.

Mr Lipshut said hospital and Parkvilla staff and families formed a team that comprised Erica Varapodio, Natalie Watson, Justin Watson, Travis Watson, Chris Lott, Rob Miller, Larry Thomson, Kate Clavarino, Matthew Hanns, Oliver Hanns, Nathan Hanns, Heidi Van Den Ende, James Smith, Nikita Smith and Amelia Varapodio.

‘‘It was great to see this group having such a good time that they lost count of their laps after 130 and kept going anyway,’’ he said.

‘‘A team, falling between the kids and almost veterans, comprised of myself, Tamsin Paxton and Gary Whyte, rounded out the day.

‘‘Tamsin arrived in Tatura from Cairns on the Sunday prior to the event. She is participating in a work placement at Tatura Veterinary Clinic as part of her veterinary studies, and was not deterred by the chilly morning and did a wonderful job pushing the two old blokes to the line.

‘‘Tamsin has family ties to Tatura and is Trish Warnett’s great niece.’’

Mr Lipshut said Fairlie Stewart, who swam as a member of the veterans team for many years, came to support her son John, now teaching in Ararat, and his daughter Cecilia who came up from Melbourne.

Fairlie was accompanied by her daughter Mary.

‘‘The Hospital Ladies Auxiliary once again provided a delicious morning tea and welcome hot coffee for all the swimmers and supporters,’’ he said.

‘‘Swimmers received certificates from the hospital and vouchers from Glenda and Geoff Alexander of Tatura Hot Bread.

‘‘While sponsorship pledges are still being collected, the event to date has raised $3800.

The funds from this year’s event will be used to provide televisions for the Parkvilla residents rooms.’’

The Tatura Hospital Committee thanked Geoff Lipshut, Laura and staff at Dawes & Vary, and Jayne and Sue at the hospital, and all the swimmers, sponsors, supporters and helpers who organised the day, once again making it a successful and most enjoyable fundraiser on the hospital’s calendar.

Special thanks were extended to Debbie Stanton for her early start in opening the pool, assistance throughout the morning, and cleaning up the change rooms after the minor flooding from earlier in the week.

The following businesses and organisations also sponsored swimmers in the event — Tatura Dental Care, Hot Wire, Tatura Pharmacy, Dawes & Vary and Christopher Dairy Bails.

Mr Lipshut said this annual event highlighted the importance of two of Tatura’s major assets, Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla and Tatura Swimming Pool, and the community’s continued willingness to support both.

The challenge will be on again on February 28, 2015.

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