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Swimathon for the Great Barrier Reef

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Ever thought you might want to swim the length of the Great Barrier Reef, or at least a bit of it? Well now is your chance as hundreds of people converge on their local pools in a major Swim for the Reef Swimathon event. Together they will be attempting to swim the length of the reef to raise money and awareness of vital legal work being done to protect and save the reef by EDO Qld (Environmental Defence Office) community lawyers who do extensive work to protect the Reef.

Josh Scott-Jouir, a metal work and mathematics teacher, and ex-yachty Marco Goldenberg who spent over ten years free diving reefs around the world witnessing firsthand the gradual deterioration that is occurring are organising the local swimathon event at Mullumbimby pool this Saturday January 20 between 10:30am to 1:30pm.

‘The Mullumbimby Swimathon fundraiser will raise awareness of the power of the community and the law to protect the Reef in the face of climate change, decreased water quality and coastal development,’ said Josh.

‘Funds raised from the Swimathon will go towards law reform, challenges and awareness work including a Great Barrier Reef Protection Policy.’

Josh ad Marco are encouraging everyone to get involved in a fun day of dressing up and are encouraging everyone to get into the pool and add their lap – big or little – to the distance our local swimmer will be doing.

Josh’s Mullum Sand Mullets team are looking for some serious competition both in the pool and the fancy dress stakes and are encouraging people to form teams and register for the swimathon at swimforthereef.org.au or to pop in and bring their families on the day.

Mullumbimby pool have allocated swimming lanes free of charge. Entry fees will still be required.

To sponsor the Mullum Sand Mullets click here, or head down and get involved on the day at the pool.


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