YMCA Swimathon

maddie kayla

Run annually in March, the YMCA Swimathon is our only national fundraiser.

Money raised goes towards providing access to specialised swimming lessons and equipment for people with disability in your local community. Individuals, teams and families come to together at participating pools around the country to make a splash for this important cause.

Being confident in the water is a skill many people with disability don’t get the opportunity to learn. By raising funds to upskill swim instructors, create specialised programs, and purchase equipment such as water wheelchairs, the YMCA has been able to give thousands of Victorians this opportunity.

YMCA Swimathon ambassadors Maddy and Kayla Parker are two extraordinary young girls who splashed out at Fawkner Leisure Centre, where they have their regular swimming lessons.

Maddy (13), and Kayla (10), have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that leaves them prone to chronic joint pain and dislocation.

“Having Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, I know what it's like to have a disability and not be able to do some things,” says Maddy.

“I have had help from lots of people and it's a great feeling when you can do something to help someone else.”

The YMCA Swimathon has raised more than $1 million to support people with disability learn to swim and enjoy the water.

To participate or donate visit www.ymcaswimathon.org.au