Charlie makes waves at the YMCA Swimathon

  • Date: 20 March 2017
  • Category: News
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Northcote youngster Charlie Butteriss is a pint sized fundraising superstar.

At just six-years-old, Charlie is Victoria’s fourth highest fundraiser in this year’s YMCA Swimathon raising $1,574 - and donations can still be received until the end of April!

Considering this was also Charlie’s first time participating in the YMCA Swimathon it’s an incredible achievement.

The YMCA Swimathon of course raises funds so Australians with disabilities can have the opportunity to enjoy being in and around water, whether that be learning to swim or just for fun and recreation.     

With his extended family, including both sets of grandparents, watching on Charlie aimed to swim 23 laps in the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centres indoor pool, after managing 19 during a lesson.

Like all great champions though Charlie found something extra on the big day, and with family and YMCA staff cheering him on he managed 25 laps alternating between freestyle and backstroke.

Proud Dad Crispin Butteriss said he and Charlie discovered the YMCA Swimathon through a friend and were determined to support the cause.

Mr Butteriss loved seeing his son so dedicated doing something to help other people at such a young age.

“Charlie said he’d like to do it, I encouraged him and it has really taken off with all the support and donations.”

“It’s a great event, I really hope it can get bigger and better. The whole family was really keen to come down and support him.’’

All YMCA Swimathon fundraising efforts at Northcote will go towards a new pool hoist to allow people within the community to have easier access to the pool, as well as funding swim lessons for Croxton Special School.

While funds are still rolling in, nationally people like Charlie have help to raise more than $120,000. We couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative of the support of our fundraisers and donors. So thank you to the incredible support we have received across the country to ensure people with disability can access the water safely. Together we can make the water safer for everyone!