Sponsored swim for Rotary

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YOUNGSTERS in Queensferry took part in a charity swim event last weekend to help eradicate polio throughout the world.

Schoolchildren in the Queensferry and Kirkliston area were invited to to take part in Rotary’s sponsored Swimarathon to raise funds for the organisation’s End Polio Now campaign.

A total of 44 swimmers took part in the two hour event at Queensferry High School community pool and swam a total of 37,800 metres, which equated to almost 16 times across the Forth Road Bridge. Sponsorship on the day raised £1100 with further sponsorship still to be collected.

The Swimarathon was a global event for Rotary and clubs in over 100 countries took part. The local event was opened by Queensferry club president Liz McKenzie who explained about the disease of polio and Rotary’s ambition to eradicate the disease. She added that polio had now been reduced throughout the world with the exception of just two countries. Queensferry’s Swimarathon co-ordinator Ed Kelly said of those who participated: “When you hear so many negative things about our young people it was a joy to see the youngsters at today’s event. They were so committed and well behaved, a real credit to themselves, their parents and their schools.”

The local Rotary club also wish to thank Edinburgh Leisure and staff for helping.