Rideau Speedeau Swimeauthon
Swimming for Bruce House
On at crisp April 2nd morning, four brave Bruce House Mermaids made our way into the pool to swim for Bruce House. Encouraged by the generosity of the Rideau Speedeau Swimeauthon, and cheered on by the enthusiastic lap counters, the mermaids swam 1500 metres and raised over $2000 for core programming. We joked that we would even dive for Toonies, but thankfully no one took us up on that, and we just concentrated on our 60 laps and staying afloat.
The Mermaids could not have done this without the help of Volunteer Coordinator Linda Truglia and her early morning troopers, Brigitte, Dave, Lana and Mart. They valiantly awoke with the crowing of the roosters, and spent a very early Saturday morning registering swimmers, welcoming participants, and getting soaked counting laps.
Thank you to the Mermaids, Jacquie Bushell (member of the Bruce House Board of Directors), Amy Beth Allen (office volunteer), Jill Woodley (office staff) and Kimberley Sanders (Transition House staff) who jumped in feet first with smiles and energy. A huge thank you to those who donated, and kept us afloat with their generous hearts.
Bruce House is very honoured to have been a recipient of the over $2400 raised! Thank you to the Rideau Speedeaus for a fantastic event.