Dive in to help sick kids this February

Published 5:00am 3 January 2023

Dive in to help sick kids this February
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Starlight Children’s Foundation is encouraging all Australians to dive in and swim for a good cause during its fourth annual Super Swim challenge.

Held between February 1-28, the online swim challenge aims to raise $2 million to brighten the lives of more than 51,000 sick kids.

Participants can choose to complete the challenge at a location of their choice – whether it be at their own pool, beach, lake or local swim centre.

Money raised from the challenge will help support Starlight’s vital hospital services including Captain Starlight, Starlight Express Rooms and its community Wishgranting program.

Starlight CEO Louise Baxter says completing the challenge is an easy way to make a positive difference in the lives of sick children.

“Being seriously ill shouldn’t mean missing out on the joy of childhood,” Louise says.

“Especially when evidence shows happiness makes a difference to a child’s ability to cope and their long-term health outcomes.

“Raising funds to support Starlight through Super Swim is a win, win. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get active, look after your own health, boost your mood and enjoy Australia’s beautiful beaches, pools and waterways, while supporting sick kids at the same time.”

Dive in to help sick kids this February

How to register

Those taking part can track the distance they have swam either manually or via fitness app Strava - encouraging friends and family to show their support and donate for every kilometre or lap swum to help them reach their fundraising goal.

Participants will be continuously supported throughout the challenge with fundraising and training tips and will be rewarded for their fundraising efforts with branded merchandise and other prize incentives.

Registrations are now open, with participants able to complete their swim challenge anytime throughout the February 1 - 28 timeframe.

For more information or to register, click here.

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