Great Ocean Pool Crawl's record-breaking 15th year

A record number of participants ensured the 15th annual Great Ocean Pool Crawl on Sunday was “the best to date”.

About 120 keen swimmers did the splash ‘n’ dash at six ocean pools from Coalcliff to Towradgi and in the process raised a record $21,000 for the Cancer Council NSW.

Organiser Phil Murray said the March 4 event was the best year on record.

“We were hoping for $20,000 and were ecstatic to get just over $21,000 this year,” he said.

“We’ve now raised over $240,000 for the Cancer Council over the last 15 years.”

Mr Murray said while the weather was a bit cold and windy, the water was a warm 22 degrees.

“No one was complaining. I’m sure they’ll be back next year,” he said.

Mr Murray added he was continually amazed by the community’s generosity and efforts to “bring the defeat to cancer closer”.

“Every year people keep on showing up to take part and do their bit to raise vital funds. The event brings the community together and they respond in kind.”

The funds raised directly enable Cancer Council to continue to support the Illawarra community with cancer prevention programs and support services for patients, carers and their families.

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