7th April 2011
NAC McSwim raises €4,000 for Ronald McDonald House
The NAC Swim Club today announced that it raised a total of €4,000 for the Ronald McDonald House at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. The money was raised at its recent NAC McSwim gala which took place at the National Aquatic Centre. With almost 700 children in attendance and over 2,200 swims on the day, clubs from all over the country came together to donate a portion of their gala fees to this wonderful charity. The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation, care and support for families from all over Ireland when their children are seriously ill at the hospital.
Commenting on the fundraiser, Marian Carroll, CEO of RMHC said: “The NAC McSwim was truly a spectacular event and a testament to all the hard work of the members of the NAC Swim Club. We are very grateful for this contribution and intend to give our gardens a complete makeover this spring, ensuring that everybody’s generosity will make an enormous difference to so many families who stay with us while their children are seriously and long-term ill in Crumlin Hospital.”
The highlight of the NAC McSwim was the award of the perpetual Dave Malone Trophy, in honour of one of Ireland’s most decorated paralympic athletes and head coach of the NAC Swim Club. Awarded in the 100M freestyle event, the male trophy went to Brian O’Sullivan of the NAC Swim Club in a time of 52.06 secs and the female trophy went to Lisa Comerford of ESB in a time of 1:00.37 secs.
“It was great to see the swimming community come together and work towards a common cause,” says Alec Colvin, NAC Swim Club Chair. “The NAC McSwim not only provided a terrific showcase for aquatic disciplines such as swimming, diving, waterpolo and synchronised swimming but it also demonstrated a huge solidarity between our kids and the kids of the Ronald McDonald House. I’m very proud of the day.”
The NAC Swim Club, a self-funded and independent sporting organisation has a vibrant club structure and helps swimmers of all abilities and disabilities to fulfill their potential at club, provincial, national and international level.