Countdown to Splash closing date for entries

Splash has supported the Rotary Bosnia Project aid for womens' co-operative in a war-torn village.

Splash has supported the Rotary Bosnia Project aid for womens' co-operative in a war-torn village.

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Team entries for Kirriemuir’s 24th Splash Relay Swim have already inspired many Angus school and community teams to come forward.

They have already booked their 25 minutes of fame on September 28 - but many more time slots are still on offer.

The closing date for team entries is Monday, September 16, and the organisers have planned for 320 swimmers to help raise this year’s £10,000 target figure. Teams can be of any age mix from six years and their six to eight swimmers will be challenged to swim as many 25 metres lengths of Webster’s Leisure Pool as their skill allows. Entry forms can be picked up wherever a Splash poster is displayed or by phoning 01575 572819 or 572129.

This year, a new Scottish charity will receive funds from the big swim - Alzheimer’s Scotland (Angus Branch). They will join 10 other organisations in Scotland, Bosnia, Brazil, Peru and West Africa chosen to benefit from the 2013 swim.

Some have been supported by generous firms and Angus people for many years past, and receive direct cash donations from the four organising churches - Kirriemuir St Andrew’s, St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and Glens and Old Parish Churches.

Our picture (above) shows the handover of combined aid gifted by Rotary Club, Splash and Edinburgh and Glasgow fundraisers to a Bosnian womens’ agricultural co-operative in a village which suffered the massacre of 3,000 local men. Food, clothing, toiletries, bedding, even a new tractor, was donated. A convoy of trucks with drivers and gifts from Kirriemuir people and companies was involved in these deliveries.

The Rotary Bosnia Project is still providing help to families who continue to be affected by the war, mostly by shipping food and basic needs.

2013 Splash trophies will be presented by this year’s main sponsor Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd.

Although Splash is not primarily a competition, gleaming trophies are awarded to juniors, seniors, community and club teams who swim the greatest number of lengths.

This adds to the afternoon’s excitement and is a challenge enjoyed especially by schools’ swimming clubs.

Every swimmer receives a personal certificate to record their effort.

Splash is now one of the biggest and most enduring fundraising events in Angus and deserves yet another year of success.