Gorbals Swimmers Make a Splash for Charity
June 18, 2009 by admin
Marie Curie Cancer Research was presented with a cheque for over £4,500 yesterday by Gorbals Leisure Centre.
The money was raised by Gorbals’ locals who took part in a swimathon between 16-19th April.
The participants were praised by Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE, who is the Swimathon Foundation President.
He said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who swam.
“The event was a huge success and thanks to the superb efforts of all the swimmers, we are delighted that Gorbals Leisure Centre raised more money than ever before.”
The swimathon was open to anyone and encouraged people to get involved in an activity which is fun, keeps you fit and lets you meet new people.
Pools across the Scotland got involved in the annual event and Gorbals raised the second highest amount of any pool nationwide.
All the more incredible when you consider the fundraising was led and coordinated by a young and relatively new member of staff.
Culture and Sport employee David Colligan, 23, from Bearsden, was put forward to be in charge of the fundraising, and he dived head first into challenge.
He said: “The program has been running for years, but this was my first time in charge and I really enjoyed it.
“It was quite hard work at times but it has been a great way to get to know everybody here – both staff and the leisure centre users.
“Most peoples’ families in the west of Scotland are affected by cancer at some stage, so I didn’t need any inspiration for this, I just went for it.”
Amanda Dove, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “I have to say that David Colligan did a phenomenal job.”