And what a bath that was! As the lyrics go, ..a-splishin' and a-splashin', reelin' with the feelin' movin' and a-groovin' rockin' and a-rollin', yeah, yeah.. That pretty much sums up my experience at the Annual
Swimarathon that took place at the Magnet Leisure Centre in
Maidenhead on the 6th of January.
The atmosphere was electrifying, the smell of the chlorine, the calm water and the sound of flip-flops; an all, too familiar setting; flashbacks from when I was in my early teens, when I used to swim for the Kyrenia Nautical Club.
I must admit, I did not pace myself on my first 2 lengths (1 circuit) which meant that it took me a while to get my heart rate back in check, but we made good progress at the end. With Lisa on the helm it’s difficult not to perform, and perform we did, with 80 lengths between the 4 of us in 50 minutes.
We moved, we grooved, we rocked and we rolled and then we realised how unfit we are… Yet what a day, we had fun while at the same time aiding a philanthropic cause, raising more than £500.
This is a highly recommended event for all of you swimmers (or floaters) out there of all ages...so I hope to see more of you joining the team next year!
It was a race to the finish line at the annual Reindeer Race in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday.
Organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club for the fifth year running, the festive, fun-filled event pulled in the crowds to watch competitors wind toy reindeers and sleighs across the finishing line.
Races lasted approximately 5 minutes each and brought lots of laughter and fun to the masses. Shoppers also go to meet Bruno and Patch, mascots from the charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, where all money raised at the event will be donated. Lisa Hunter, Rotarian, commented, “The dog mascots definitely help to pull in the crowds and to see the joy on children’s faces as they rush to give them a hug is priceless”.
“Thank you to the generosity of shoppers the day raised over £225 for the charity, which we are thrilled about”, she continued.
If you’d like more information about Maidenhead Bridge Rotary please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa on 07876 341334.
As a group we have a number of skills that could be of use to smaller charities that maybe only have a volunteer group to draw on. We all joined Rotary to make a difference, experience new things and develop ourselves personally, so we saw an opportunity to match our skill sets with these smaller organisations and offer them development.
The plan is simple, charities contact us via our Pimp My Charity website with an idea of the help they need and we provide a free 3 hour session with the best suited people in the club. By the end of the session we will have provided new direction to that charity so they can breathe new life into their cause.
If you know some groups that can benefit, or want to volunteer your skills, please have a look at the website - www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/pimpmycharity
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