28 November 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has received a strong response from its staff after asking them to splash out for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal this year.
Almost 80 USC staff will dive in for the University’s first staff charity swimming carnival tomorrow (Friday 29 November), competing in a series of serious and fun races from 11.30am to 1pm.
Each competitor has donated $10 to the appeal and will vie for ribbons and trophies in front of what is expected to be a vocal crowd of spectators at the University’s 10-lane Olympic-standard pool.
At the end of the carnival, the University will raise further funds through a barbecue lunch and present a large number of toys and food items to the Salvation Army for its family Christmas hampers.
These items have been collected across University offices over the past month in a campaign led by the swimming carnival organising committee.
USC’s Human Resources Officer for Health and Wellbeing Tim Spratling said he was thrilled by the generous response to the initiative and thanked all staff who contributed gifts or nominated to compete at the carnival.
Media are welcome to attend the USC staff charity swimming carnival.
The schedule of events is: 11.30am - men’s 50m breaststroke, 11.40am - women’s 50m freestyle, 11.50am - men’s 50m freestyle, noon - women’s 4x100m freestyle, 12.10pm - men’s 4x100m freestyle, 12.25pm – 1km mixed relay.
— Terry Walsh