People braved the windy weather on Saturday to participate in the Rotary Swim-a-thon at Port Alfred High School pool to raise funds to eradicate polio.
Jointly organised by the Rotary E-Club of South Africa One, the Port Alfred Lions Club who were the defending champs, and Port Alfred High School, this year’s event attracted a record number of 26 teams swimming for 30 minutes in five heats. The aim was to swim as many laps as you can.
Neighbouring schools were also invited to participate, such as Dambuza Primary School, Alexandria High School and El Shaddai Christian Academy. There were 15 teams from Port Alfred High School, and Port Alfred Primêre also took part. There were also food stalls, music and a great vibe. People came in numbers to support their favourite teams and swimmers, including teachers from the schools who took part in the swim-a-thon.
Laura Guest, head of marketing alumni and development at PAHS expressed how it was such an honour for PAHS to take part in the event.
“Port Alfred High School is so proud to play a part in ending polio with Rotary International in such a fun and physically beneficial way,” Guest said.
There were two floating trophies for the winners – for under 13 years and the other one was for 13 year olds and older.
The results for the U13, in third place was PAHS yellow team with 76 laps, followed by lilac team with 78 laps, and El Shaddai was in first place with 87 laps.
Then the 13 year olds and older were as follows: in third place was the Lions Port Alfred with 101 laps, with EP Body Surfing in second place with 102 laps and in first place taking the trophy from the Lions team this year was PAHS purple team.
Hans Hon of Rotary E-Club thanked the following sponsors that made this event possible and provided much needed funding for the drive to eradicate polio and to support local community projects: ASC Goettingen, Buco, Cally Tessendorf, EP Motors, Frameworks, Harcourts, Hegemann Family, Ihire, Interact Club, Joe Wilmot, Keeton’s, Kenrich Motors, Kwena Air, Leach Pharmacy, Lions Club Port Alfred, Lions Club Uitenhage, Maison Décor, Multi Security, Ocean Basket, Royal St Andrews, Russel Dales, Seeff, Trellidor, Wharf Street Fruiters and WR Water Proofing.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU