All set to make a Splash for charity

Entries are now being sought for the annual Splash relay swim event, which takes place at the Webster’s Sports Centre on September 28.

More than 300 swimmers, ranging from six years to ‘Old and Bold’, are expected to take part in the fun event, with the first 30-minute relay beginning at 1.30 p.m.

Splash organisers invite team leaders to collect entry forms now to reserve their teams’ places as soon as possible. Teams should include six to eight swimmers of any age from six years, with any mix of ages, and no upper age limit. Forms are available wherever a Splash poster is displayed - in shops, schools libraries and at Kirriemuir Old Parish Church Office, Bank Street - or by phoning 01575 572819/572129.

Swim time slots will be announced in this newspaper prior to the event.

Splash is now a major fund-raising effort in Angus with an ambitious annual target of £10,000. The event is supported by schools, community organisations, swimming clubs and many generous Tayside companies. This is the swim’s 24th consecutive year with over £160,000 raised for Scottish and worldwide charities since 1990.

For 2013, Splash’s main sponsor is, for the third year, Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd. There are rumours that the company may even field a team this time!

Kirriemuir Rotary Club has also provided annual financial support and encouragement since the swim began.

Splash features trophies for juniors, seniors, community and club swimmers - and every entrant receives a personal certificate recording their achievement.

A spokesperson said: “The sole purpose of Splash, which has always been run entirely by volunteers, is to raise money for carefully chosen charity recipients. But as with every team event, there are records to be broken. The unbroken maximum distance record is 138 lengths completed by Dundee Aquatics Swimming Club in 2009. Invariably the largest sponsorship total is raised by a primary school team. The record to date is an amazing £350!

“The Splash committee greatly appreciate and thank all the families, teachers and sponsoring companies who continue to support Splash. They can be sure that every pound donated will be sent without delay to the deserving causes nominated by the four organising churches.”

Splash is organised by Kirriemuir St Andrew’s, St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and Glens and Old Parish Churches who have this year chosen charities in Scotland, Northern India, Bosnia and Peru to benefit from funds raised.