Carbonear swim club raises $4,200 in overnight relay
It was a night to remember for the 25 Poseidon Swim Club members taking part in the 17th annual Swim for Hope 12-hour relay overnight March 21 to 22.
© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Poseidon Swim Club took part in an overnight swimming relay at the Carbonear Pool March 21 to 22. Members of the team include (in no particular order) Jorja Bennett, Haley O'Driscoll, Mark Peddle, Alex Neil, Courtney Budden, Sydney Crane, Emily King, Abby Trask, Sarah Burt, Eryn Baker, Rylee Moores, MacKenzie Sutton, Drew Forward, Katie Butt, Sarah Forward, Kaitlyn Clarke, Alaina King, Brooke Higdon, Ciara O'Keefe, Allison Somers, Arianna Taylor, Danielle Taylor, Allie Drover, Megan Smith, Kaylee Davis and coach Junior Somers.
The event raises money for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and swim clubs across the province.
With a total of $4,200 raised, the Carbonear based team had its second best showing since the event began in 1998.
Along with Poseidon, 12 other swim teams from across the province held events on the same night.
The event kicked off at 4:30, but the dedicated members of the team were just finishing up a practice before beginning the long night of swimming laps.
The team had two groups swimming against each other, with an even distribution of competitive and pre-competitive swimmers. The groups had to have a swimmer in the pool at all times, for the entire 12-hour span.
At 6:30, cancer survivor and mother to swimmer Allison Somers, Cathy Somers, gave a beautiful speech about the cancer care clinic in St. John’s, a place she spent a lot of time last year while battling breast cancer.
Her words drew tears from Allison and several parents.
“The goal last year was for me and (my mom) to be a part of the event together again this year,” Allison told The Compass after she swam for 15 minutes straight.
After the speech, the team members put together a wreath of faux flowers for all cancer survivors, those living with cancer and those who have lost their battles.
The team’s two senior members, Allison and Mark Peddle, placed the wreath, which was donated by Clarke Floral design in Upper Island Cove, in the pool, where it stayed floating all night.
While not swimming, members of the team snacked on fruit trays, got their sleeping bags ready and played in the pool — outside of the lanes, of course.
Swim clubs across the province have raised over $1.4 million to date, with totals still coming in from the most recent event.
Stay tuned for more photos from the event.