Final countdown to Splash

HUNDREDS of keen sponsored relay swimmers will take the plunge at Webster’s Pool next Saturday (September 22) to raise cash to help charities in Scotland and further afield.

Splash began in 1990 and in the past 22 years over £150,000 has been sent directly to children’s care organisations worldwide.

This year’s target is £10,000 and with the support of main sponsors Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd., Kirriemuir Rotary Club and 30 generous local firms who donate lane sponsorship, there’s a good chance Splash will reach this ambitious total yet again.

Spectators are invited to provide vital encouragement for family, school, club and community swimmers.

Splash 2012 sponsor donations will benefit a total of nine charities chosen by the event’s four organising churches. These are Scotland’s Erskine Hospital, Mission to Seafarers, Macmillan Cancer Local Committee and Special Olympics and Rotary Bosnia Fund, Dr Grahams Homes Kalimpong, Lawside Children’s Hospital Rumania and Operacion San Andres Peru. Last year, a new cause was chosen - ‘Women Deliver’ was launched as a global charity in 2007, and works to generate political and financial support for women in pregnancy and childbirth.

Funds are urgently needed to finance education and medicines to solve this world-wide problem so, one of the Kirriemuir Churches organising Splash has decided to allocate cash to help.

A spokesman said: “We greatly appreciate the unfailing support of our friends throughout Angus and especially Splash commercial sponsors, Kirriemuir Rotary Club and our local newspapers.

“And the rumour persists that our main sponsor is also fielding a swimming team for 2012.

“Their daring appearance at the event is eagerly anticipated - especially by compere John Neeson who can be relied upon to amuse his audience without fear or favour.”

Kirriemuir Leisure Pool lifeguards will be on hand to ensure the continued perfect safety record of the swim and refreshments will be available for breathless swimmers - and spectators.

Teams are asked to register 15 minutes before their swimming time and trophies will be presented by a Guild Homes representative at around 5pm.

Splash is organised by Kirriemuir St Andrew’s, St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and Glens and Old Parish churches.