Team entries for Kirriemuir’s 23rd relay swim fund-raiser have attracted an enthusiastic response from schools and clubs from all over Angus.
Next Monday (September 10) is the final entry date, and Splash organisers have reserved some team times for community and ‘Old and Bold’ swimmers - who have been slower to accept the Splash challenge this year. The swim is brilliant fun for competitors and the hundreds of spectator who cheer them on over the afternoon.
Entry forms for Splash are available wherever a Splash poster is displayed or by ‘phoning 01575 572819 or 572129. Each team should include six to eight swimmers of any age mix (from six years) taking turns to swim for 25 minutes in total. Appearance times for each team will be published one week prior to the event.
Splash 2012 organisers hope to raise a further £10,000 to add to the £150,000 donated by Tayside firms and generous friends and families in support of their teams.
Money raised this year will go to Scottish, West African, Bosnian, Romanian, Peruvian and Indian charities - many specialising in care and education of children. Splash is sponsored by 40 companies and each year since 1990 by Kirriemuir Rotary Club. The swim’s main sponsor for a second year is Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd.
Splash awards impressive trophies for juniors, seniors, community and club swimmers and every entrant receives a personal certificate to record their achievement.
The main purpose of Splash is to raise money for carefully chosen charity recipients but as with every team event, there are records to be broken.
For 2012 these are maximum distance in 25 minutes 138 lengths (Dundee Aquatics Swimming Club 2009) and largest school team sponsorship 2011 - £334 (Airlie Primary School).
The organisers have extended their thanks to all the families and sponsoring companies who continue to support Splash. As always, they can be sure that all funds raised will be dispatched without delay to deserving causes selected by the four organising churches.
Splash is organised by Kirriemuir St Andrews, St Anthonys, St Marys and Glens and Old Parish Churches.