Charity swim a success

SWIMMING FOR A CAUSE: Biloela Swim Squad members swam 5kms on Thursday to raise money for Angelman syndrome.
SWIMMING FOR A CAUSE: Biloela Swim Squad members swam 5kms on Thursday to raise money for Angelman syndrome.

SWIMMING for charity has been a goal for Biloela swim squad members this week.

On Thursday evening, adults and children from the squad participated in a 5km swim to raise funds for those living with Angelman Syndrome.

Earlier in the week, Biloela Adult Swim Squad leader, Nicki Radke said 15 people were expected to take part in the swim.

"It is open to all and participants can enter as individuals or as a team," she said.

"There is no time limit on the swim and no there won't be any Olympians here.

"It is $15 to enter and all money goes to the nominated charity."

The charity the squad chose to support was based on a competitive process.

"Participants were asked to submit a 50-word entry nominating their favourite charity," Nicki said.

"Anthea Boyd's entry for Angelman syndrome was chosen as the charity this year."

Anthea Boyd has a very personal reason to be passionate about helping this charity.

"My niece was born with Angelman syndrome, it is a rare chromosome defect which I think affects about 1 in 25,000," she said.

"My niece is 14 now and she was diagnosed when she was about three.

"When she was 10 months the doctors thought she had cerebral palsy and then discovered it was Angelman syndrome.

"She does not communicate verbally and will most likely never live independently.

"I nominated this charity as it is not very well known and they receive very little funding and I hope we can raise some awareness."

There will be another charity swim in April with 1km, 2.5km and 5km swims.

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