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Making a splash for #swimforthereef!

24 January, 2016

Thanks to our wonderful 16 teams together we swam an amazing 4,605 laps and raised over $25,000 to protect the Reef!  


Thanks to our wonderful 16 teams, team leaders and the 150+ people who supported #SwimfortheReef yesterday. It was a brilliant day at Musgrave Park Pool, South Brisbane, with outstanding Reef art decorations, crazy costumes and great community spirit!

Due to a threatened electrical storm we had to cut the event short (as a safety precaution), ending early at 8pm. Some of our keenest swimmers will be returning to the pool today to make up for the laps they missed.

We raised over $25,000 to protect the Reef: amazing work teams!! Turtley Awesome flippered way ahead in the fundraising, raising an incredible $4,700, (yep, $4,700!) with Avid Readers and Writers a great second, followed by the Wobbegongs and Team Rosa LuxemburgDonations can still be made until Friday January 29th.

In the swimming distance stakes, on the latest information, it was very close. The Wobbegongs won. Team Wobbies swam over 500 laps to narrowly beat Team Rosa Luxemburg, who narrowly beat Drew Hutton’s White Pointers. The children swam well! Solo swimmer Derec did an amazing 304 laps. We are still waiting on results from regional teams.

Together we swam an amazing 4,605 laps, which is 230km. Check it out on Peter Marquis-Kyle’s wonderful map of the Reef here. Next time we will continue to swim the length of the Reef. It might take a few goes, but we will get there!

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