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Sun City Swim for Soldiers'

7/27/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Monday, July 27, 2009 – Orillia, ON) – The Sun City Swim is sure to make a charitable splash when participants return to Lake Couchiching this August; but for the first time in the event’s 18-year history, the ripple effects will be felt exclusively by Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).


The first annual Sun City Swim (SCS) for Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2009, with proceeds going towards the diabetes and renal programs at OSMH.


Beginning at Fern Resort at 8 a.m., the 4 kilometre (km) swim takes participants across the lake and to the finish line at Couchiching Beach Park.


Over the past 18 years a number of agencies, including Bloorview Kids Rehab, Helping Hands, Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), and the Simcoe County Association for the Physically Disabled (SCAPD), have benefitted from the swim; but this year event organizers Holly Brown and Brenda Jenkins, both employees at OSMH, decided to make a difference closer to home.


“The Sun City Swim has always taken place in Orillia, but never in benefit of the hospital,” says Brenda Jenkins. “This year, Holly and I wanted to change that and have the beneficiary be the OSMH Foundation. It is our way to help make a difference in the lives of the people in our community and put money into programs and services so that OSMH can continue to provide the highest quality healthcare.”


“The OSMH Foundation is associated with many third party events within our community, but we have never had a swim-a-thon,” says Nicole McCahon, executive director of the OSMH Foundation. “When Holly and Brenda approached us with the idea of holding the Sun City Swim in benefit of OSMH, we jumped at the chance; after all, the swim is not a new idea, but one that has proven successful over the past 18 years.”


And even after 18 years, the SCS can still surprise and excite. After participating in the annual swim, local swimmer Tatum Haslem decided that the 4 km trek across Lake Couchiching was not enough. With support from family, friends and the community of Orillia, Tatum will be doing an around the lake swim - a total of 35 km. She will begin her swim at Couchiching Beach Park the evening of Friday, August 7, 2009.


Please help support our community athletes, as well as our community hospital. To participate or pledge your support, please contact Brenda Jenkins at (705) 325-7864 or Holly Brown at (705) 325-2201 ext. 3638, or visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.


Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe/Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community based healthcare.



For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      


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