Cr Chris Thompson surveys Old Woman Island ahead of the charity swim. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Cr Chris Thompson surveys Old Woman Island ahead of the charity swim. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Generosity flows as 88 sign on for tough swim

STILL three days out from the start, great stories of generosity are already flowing from the Island Charity Swim.

Councillor Chris Thompson, who vowed to make the journey solo after a challenge by Maroochydore McDonald's owner Gary Binet, was taken aback when the donation offer was honoured last week.

"He kind of threw down the challenge last year," Cr Thompson said. "He said, 'If you do it by yourself, I'll give you the sponsorship money'."

Admitting he had forgotten about their deal, Cr Thompson was stunned when one of Mr Binet's mates handed him a $1000 cheque last week.

Cr Thompson will be one of 88 entrants to take to the water on Saturday and Island Swim secretary Jocelyn Culpitt says the community support continues to amaze her.

"It's absolutely amazing. We obviously thank them (competitors) a lot for what they do for us," she said.

She said numbers this year were impressive and she believed the gruelling swim enticed many people to test themselves.

"The big thing for the swimmers, if you talk to them, is that, a) the swim is really challenging, and b) the challenge to raise money," Ms Culpitt said.

The Island Swim is a cause close to her own heart as her daughter attends Nambour Special School.

She said those who donated their time and money did not realise just how much their selflessness changed the lives of students and families of the Nambour and Currimundi special schools.


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