Can Too – Ocean Swim Training For A Good Cause

November 29, 2012 · 5 comments

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I’m three weeks into a training program with Can Too, and just want to do a loud shout out to this terrific organisation.

Can Too runs training programs for people who want to learn to run well, do ocean swims or do triathlons.  Can Too provides the training, and trainees, like me, pledge to raise money for Cure Cancer Australia.

I’m doing the ocean swim training, with the goal being the 2.5km ocean swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach on Sunday 27th January.

This goal is so far beyond my comfort zone. A real, and huge, challenge.

But after just these three weeks of twice weekly training, I think that it might be manageable… so long as I keep the training up.

Training With Can Too

My ‘pod’ trains at the pool on Wednesday evenings and at Mona Vale beach on Saturday mornings. I’ve already learned so much about reading the ocean, swimming safely in big waves and getting in and out of the water safely.

AND we swam with dolphins on the third training session.  Just amazing.

Can Too itself doesn’t charge for the training. Corporate sponsors cover the cost of the charity’s expenses. Good on those corporations!

Sponsorship – Fundraising For Cure Cancer Australia

I have to raise $1250 in sponsorship and ALL of that goes to support young Australian cancer researchers. It’s a really great cause.

I’m sponsoring myself, at least for half of that amount. All the money I earn through blogging will go into my fundraising.

And I asked my family not to give my Christmas pressies, but to sponsor me instead.

It feels really good to do something that at the start seems far beyond my capabilities. And it’s so lovely to be part of a group. Some of us are aiming for the 1km swim, others for the 2.5km swim, and we’re all in it together.

It’d be impossible to do the Wednesday night and early Saturday morning training if I didn’t have Bethany our lovely American au pair living with us. Hooray for B!

I’ll blog about this training journey and must also post on gorgeous Mona Vale beach and the excellent kiosk/cafe there which provides life saving post-training coffees!

You can find my sponsorship page here.   I think I will soon start baking cupcakes and selling candles as part of my fundraising efforts. And the adverts on this blog will go into this sponsorship.

We lost a dear friend and neighbour to cancer this year. His children lost a devoted, warm and loving father. It feels so good to work my body hard, for my own health, and to swim to raise money for Cure Cancer Australia.

 

Have you done a sponsored something?

Any top tips for fundraising?

Keep on baking???

 

 

 

 

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Liz December 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Seana,

I have just done Movember and on Saturday my cycle class raised over 500 bucks for the Children’s Cancer Research. This week I’m going to see what I can do to help you out.

xx
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Seana December 5, 2012 at 6:14 am

That’s great for Movember, Liz. I can’t quite believe how fantastic this ocean swim training feels and how very scary I can find it. I think the best word is exhilerating. The waves we’ve been in have been pretty huge, and I always think of myself as a strong swimmer, but the sea is SO different to the pool.

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Kathryn Griffin December 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Wow! That is just amazing…an ocean swim. Thank you for the visit and the sweet at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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Anne November 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

I love ocean swims and it sounds like you have done heaps towards your fund raising. Good luck!
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Seana December 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Just off to check whether a payment is in for a sponsored post and I’ll be putting that into the sponsorship if it is. Feels good.

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