19 Dec 2019
As part of its second-ever Super Swim challenge, Speedo & Starlight Children’s Foundation are encouraging Australians around the country to make a positive splash to give back to sick kids.
Held from 26 January through to 24 February 2020, participants in the Starlight Super Swim Challenge will join a fundraising community of thousands as they attempt to beat their personal swimming goals and replicate the success of this year’s inaugural event, which raised more than $400,000 for the charity and you can sign up too!
Regardless of age and fitness level, all participants are welcome. By completing a swim at a location of their choice - either their pool, the beach or local swim centre - participants will raise funds to support Starlight’s hospital services including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms, which are available in every children’s hospital in Australia, seven days a week, for sick kids and their families.
Those taking part can track the distance they've swum, either manually or via a fitness app, encouraging friends and family to show their support and donate for every kilometre or lap swum to help them reach their fundraising goal.
Throughout the challenge, participants will be continuously supported with fundraising and training tips and will be rewarded for their fundraising efforts with branded merchandise and other prize incentives including Speedo equipment and accessories.
Registrations are now open and will remain open through to February 2020, with participants able to complete their swim challenge anytime throughout the January 26 to February 24 timeframe.
To participate in the Starlight Super Swim Challenge as an individual, squad or via a swim school, simply sign up, set up a free profile, start fundraising and go the distance – the bigger the splash, the better the impact.
Swim solo or part of a team. Choose your distance & fundraising goal when you register. You'll get plenty of help along the way.
Smash your goal with your own fundraising page, hints & tips, plus exclusive rewards.
Smash your kms at your local pool, a swim school orthe beach. Don't forget to log your laps to see the distance you've covered!
Supported by Speedo and former professional athletes and proud Starlight ambassadors Mick Fanning, Libby Trickett, Kieran Perkins and Brooke Hanson, the initiative encourages all Australians to get active for a good cause.
“Starlight Express Rooms create such a positive and happy atmosphere for kids in hospitals - inside the rooms they get to be a kid again and that deserves to have as much help and support as it possibly can,” said Libby Trickett.
“They say, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and Captain Starlights definitely provide that to hospitalised kids every single day.”
Over the last two years, Starlight has seen a 26% increase in visits to its 10 Starlight Express Rooms nationally. The need for Starlight’s services in children’s hospitals has never been greater.
“With just $39, we can provide a sick child with access to our Starlight Express Room. Every dollar is invaluable to keep our programs running daily in every children’s hospital nationally,” said Starlight CEO Louise Baxter.
“Our 2020 Starlight Super Swim Challenge aims to raise $600,000 to help more than 15,000 sick kids around Australia. Starlight’s vision is that everyone has a happy childhood because what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime and happiness matters, especially when it comes to improving health outcomes.”
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