Rotary Global Swimarathon
February 21, 2016
What is the Rotary Global Swimarathon?
A one-day, 24 hour swim to End Polio. Countries from all over the world organize swim events within the same weekend in an effort to raise money to End Polio. Swim 125 yards (5 lanes) and donate $5 to End Polio. Swimmers of all abilities are welcome. In February 2012 - Rotary Global Swimarathon (RGS) set Guinness world record for most swimmers swimming 100 meters in same hour - 4546 swimmers were recorded at 64 events (featuring 112 clubs) in 23 countries. $105,963 was raised for End Polio Now. 2016 will be the 5th anniversary, RGS team is looking to organize something very special - inviting back all the clubs who've taken part over the last 5 years plus giving a big promotional push to get even more clubs involved. The team would be looking towards participation from 50 countries and 10,000 swimmers taking part.
When is the event held?
The event is typically scheduled close to Rotary’s Birthday – 23rd February.
Who is the beneficiary of the event?
The funds raised for this project will benefit Rotary’s signature project End Polio Now. In District 7680, in 2015 we raised $3,105. With 2 to 1 match (up to U.S. $35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we provided 9315 Polio vaccinations.
How can your club get involved?
Swimarathon is a fun and family event. Make it a membership drive. Invite your local swim teams, friends, family, guests and prospective Rotarians, to get involved. The event is promoted by leveraging technology and social media tools. In 2016, we look forward to raise $15,000 and provide 45,000 Polio Vaccinations.
Interested? Do you work or have a contact with a local YMCA?