For over twenty years the Balmoral Swim for Cancer has been raising funds to benefit cancer-related charities. And since 2006, all money raised has supported our research. This friendly family-oriented event is one of the few open water races held in beautiful Sydney Harbour. So why not challenge yourself, have some fun, and help us find a cure for childhood cancer?
The event, organised by the locally-based Balmoral Beach Club and some of the Swim’s founders, is a real community affair. The committee members and all helpers on the day are volunteers. Navy from the nearby HMAS Penguin base help lay the course and look after safety. Many local businesses support the event.
From 7am there’ll be swims to suit all ages and abilities: 1km, 200m Junior swim (5–12 yrs), 4x150m age relay, 4x150m schools relay, and the Dash for Glory. And new this year – though definitely not for the faint-hearted – is a 5km swim! If you registered for last year’s event, which was cancelled due to bad weather, you’re eligible for free entry in the corresponding swim this year.
One of our staff, Louise Barrett (Major Giving Executive), is excited (and a little bit scared) to be taking part. She arrived in Australia from the UK five months ago, and has only been in the sea once. She’s been training in a pool in her lunch break two days a week, but has yet to brave the ocean.
‘I’m petrified of what might be in the water,’ she said. “But I met the organisers at a Benefactors’ event, and I was inspired.”
“I thought it was the least I could do, and being uncomfortable for less than an hour is nothing compared with what children with cancer go through.”
As well as facing her fears, Louise will be raising money through sponsorship. The Balmoral Swim has already contributed over $800,000 to our research. Money raised at this year’s event will support Zero Childhood Cancer, a national personalized medicine program for children with high-risk cancer that’s led by Children’s Cancer Institute.
If you aren’t a swimmer, but would like contribute, you can sponsor someone who is. And you can always come along to Balmoral Beach, cheer on the swimmers, and join in the fun.
Learn more about the Balmoral Swim for Cancer.