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Bangkok Patana Tigersharks’ 3rd Annual Swim-a-thon Fundraiser for TASC

A great all-age turn out at the 2010 swim-a-thon fundraiser for TASC in Thailand

A great all-age turn out at the 2010 swim-a-thon fundraiser for TASC in Thailand

The Tigersharks swim team of the Bangkok Patana School on 5-6 June 2010 hosted the third annual swim-a-thon fundraiser for The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC). The event was a great success, with six teams swimming right through the night from 6pm to 6am and an additional five teams sprinting through the first hour of power.

The swim-a-thon was well attended by a diverse crowd of smiling faces; young families, Patana students, friends of the school community – even a rugby team joined in the fun. The smiles continued well into the early hours of Sunday morning, as both tiredness and determination set in amongst the 12 hour teams.

Congratulations to the winning teams Bangkok Bangers (1hr Team Champions) & Patana TigerSharks (12hr Team Champions). It was incredible to see the TigerSharks continue sprinting throughout the entire night.

For three years running, the TigerSharks have brought the community together to swim in support of TASC’s drowning prevention activities in Thailand. Funds from the swim-a-thon have so far been used to purchase the two SwimSafe portable pools currently installed at schools in Samut Prakan and Chiang Rai provinces. This is valuable infrastructure the program could not do without.

TASC and the SwimSafe team extend our gratitude to the TigerSharks for their ongoing commitment to addressing the problem of child drowning in Thailand. The 2010 effort raised more than ever before and will support SwimSafe in establishing a third venue in Thailand over the coming year. So a huge thanks to everyone who swam or sponsored a team – you really have made a difference.

A very special thank you to Head Coach, Cindy Adair-Bolakoso and staff for the tremendous effort in organising the swim-a-thon each year and keeping spirits high throughout the night.

We hope to see you all again next year!

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