Posted: Monday 13 February 2017
A group of High School of Dundee swimmers are getting ready to put in a marathon fundraising effort this weekend.
On Sunday, the six-strong 'Dippies' team of Rachel Flack, Lorna Husband, Anna Findlay, Stephanie Mitchell, Eleanor Anderson and Janey Speed (all F5) will look to make a splash for the charity The Literacy in a Box Trust by taking part in the 2017 Rotary Swimarathon.
The annual event sees squads of six swimmers completing as many 25m lengths of Dundee's Olympia training pool as they can in 25 minutes to raise money for their own chosen charities or organisations, as well as the Rotary End Polio Now campaign.
Part of the world's biggest one-day swimming extravaganza, with Rotary Clubs all over the globe holding events to raise cash for good causes, last year's Dundee Swimarathon generated more than £20,000, with 280 swimmers from 48 different teams completing a total of 3060 lengths - a distance equivalent to 47.5km!
The Dippies have been taking part in the event since its inception in 2013 and the funds they raise this year will help their chosen charity advance education in schools in Africa by distributing boxes, costing £325, which contain enough educational material and resources for 25 children.
In 2016, the team scooped the award for the most lengths achieved by a school squad, in the process generating enough money to buy three boxes.
You can make a donation by visiting the team's fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/thedippies