Gwynne Park Primary School Deputy Principal, Sam Prodonovich swam solo to Rottnest Island in the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, on Saturday 27 February, to raise money for Parkerville Children’ and Youth Care.
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Participants are encouraged to enter the event and raise funds for a cause close to their hearts.
Sam said he was inspired to enter the swim and raise money for Parkerville’s George Jones Child Advocacy Centre. Sam said. “As a primary school deputy in the Armadale region, I get to see a lot of the great work that Parkerville Children and Youth Care do for our students and their families. From the provision of social workers, speech pathologists and occupational therapists in our schools, to the caring of children in acute stages of crisis, Parkerville is constantly supporting children in our community.”
Once the decision to enter was made Sam created the ‘2 Rotto 4 Parky’ fundraising campaign and registered on the Everyday Hero and Parkerville websites. Contributors were able to donate via a link shared on social media. A grand total of $2, 500.00 was raised over 4 months, with many donors making a final pledge while Sam was in the water!
Sam completed the swim in 7.24 hours and was greeted by enthusiastic colleagues and family. Sam said arriving at the finish line was a relief. Asked if he would do it again Sam replied, “I’ll have to think about that”!
A cheque for the final sum was handed to Mrs Amanda Patton (Acting Chief Executive) from Parkerville Children and Youth Care during a whole school assembly at Gwynne Park Primary School.
Parkerville would like to thank Sam for his fantastic fundraising effort and for supporting Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s programs in the community.
If you would have an idea for a fundraising campaign go to http://parkerville.org.au/fundraise-with-us/
Please see the story in the local press also: http://www.communitynews.com.au/comment-news/news/Solo-effort-for-charity/7683862