Rotarians raise thousands with fundraising swim

Money from Shortts Lake swim will help fight polio internationally

Published on July 13, 2014

Shortts Lake was a busy spot for a good cause on Sunday.

“It’s refreshing.”

“The temperature is perfect.”

“It’s glorious.”

About a dozen people, members of the Rotary Club of Truro and friends, jumped or dived into Shortts Lake on the beautiful, warm sunny morning to swim the width of the lake to fundraise money towards the eradication of polio. Such a fundraiser is one of the priorities for the rotary club’s international campaign, and raised about $2,000 from Sunday’s swim.

“Rotary makes the world a more friendly place,” said Truro’s Kathleen Kevaney, who said the water was a little chilly when she first entered it during a practice swim before 10 a.m.

“As a child I knew a kid in school who had polio in the 1960s. The water’s a little cold but I’m happy to overcome it to contribute to the cause,” Kevaney said, adding 60 cents a dose will immunize a child from polio in a foreign country.

Kevaney said it’s important the rotary club takes on these types of fundraisers because the community “is very much reminded by what we see (and) we don’t see (polio) here so much” so it’s good to keep it the minds of people.

As the swimmers made their way across the lake, some finishing the half a kilometer swim in 20 minutes and others in about 45 minutes, the water warmed up and cheers were yelled out as everyone made it safely to dock before being boated back to the other side.

During the event, Truro’s Dave Mills, a 12-year member of rotary, was reminded of a good childhood friend whose father had polio.

“We have to get rid of every last case,” said Mills. “It’s the number one cause (rotary) has had for years.”

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