Swimming for stronger kids at Cumberland YMCA

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Board chairman to swim 70 lenghts of pool on 70th birthday

Dale Fawthrop plans to swim 70 lengths of the Cumberland YMCA pool on his 70th birthday with proceeds supporting the Strong Kids Campaign.

Mac Hawco (left) of the Cumberland YMCA and Dale Fawthrop talk over plans for Fawthrop to swim 70 lengths of the pool on his 70th birthday, May 7. He is hoping to use the event as a fundraiser for the Strong Kids Campaign.

AMHERST – Everyone has their own way of celebrating their special day.

For Dale Fawthrop, his 70th birthday in early May will be spent in the pool raising money for the Cumberland YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Fawthrop, who is the chairman of the YMCA’s board of directors and a former Amherst town councillor and teacher at ARHS, will swim 70 lengths of the pool in support of the $100,000 fundraising campaign that supports subsidized memberships at the YMCA.

“For me, the YMCA has been a big part of my life since I was a child and it’s to help children and families that I will be swimming 70 lengths,” said Fawthrop, who has been a YMCA member for nearly 65 years. “I thought it would be good to do 70 laps for 70 years and then I thought it would be nice if someone could benefit from it.”

The board chairman said there are approximately 1,200 members at the Cumberland YMCA with approximately 130 of them being on sponsored or subsidized memberships, made possible by the Strong Kids Campaign.

Last year, the campaign got a tremendous boost from management and staff at Weston Foods through a $90,000 contribution from the Wonder Cares program. As welcome as that money has been, Fawthrop said the need is great every year and he’s hopeful the community will get behind Strong Kids.

Fawthrop has spent a lot of time in the poll at the existing YMCA since it opened 22 years ago. When he was working as a teacher, he would spend time in the pool each morning before going to school and it’s something has continued doing since he retired.

“It’s not uncommon for me to do 40 lengths of the pool. In the past few weeks I have been slowly increasing the number of lengths I do. Some days I will have a short workout and other days it will be longer, all with the goal of getting myself ready,” he said. “By May 7 I will be ready to do 70 lengths of the pool.”

People wanting to make financial contributions to Fawthrop’s swim can do in person at the YMCA or beginning Friday can go to the Cumberland YMCA’s website (http://www.ymcaofcumberland.com) to donate.


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Organizations: YMCA, Weston Foods

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