Glenwood family again takes up the challenge for charity

The Hayes family is again showing their support for the annual Sydney Splash for Cash swimathon

Glenwood resident, Kirsten Hayes, is again showing her support for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) at the annual Sydney Splash for Cash swimathon.

RIDBC’s Sydney Splash for Cash event is being held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC), Sydney Olympic park, Homebush, on Saturday 24 March, from 8am – 3:00pm.

Kirsten’s husband, Linton, and her two daughters, are also set to jump in and swim for the good cause.

“Splash for Cash has become an annual event not just for RIDBC, but for my family it seems!” said Kirsten. “It’s a great excuse to combine a passion for swimming with a desire to make a difference in the community.

“My daughters were both just one year old when they started the Splash for Cash and now, at three and five, they are really growing up with the event. I hope that it helps to teach them how to be community-minded, and the importance of being fit and having fun while you are doing it!”

“When you have children of your own it’s also a nice feeling to be able to help support other children and families that might be facing a few more challenges than your own. That’s why I enjoy taking part in the event, I know that I’m supporting RIDBC which in turn supports children living with vision or hearing loss.”

Kirsten is a swimming coach and she and her husband are both aiming to swim five kilometres on the day and to raise $1000.

To support the family’s fundraising efforts go to

The fun-filled Sydney Splash for Cash event is open to all ages and abilities. Participants swim either as individuals or as part of a team, obtaining sponsorship for each lap they swim, or for simply swimming in the event.

Australian Iron Man Guy Leech, Channel Ten Breakfast Show presenter and RIDBC Ambassador, Reuben Mourad, and blind marathon swimmer, James Pittar, will all be at the event.

You can also grab some friends and ‘Splash Out’ at any location in your own time.

To participate in the Splash for Cash Swimathon register online at

If you don’t want to get wet, you can make a donation at any time. Visit

In 2011, $65,000 was raised thanks to the efforts of more than 280 swimmers who swam over 8,600 laps.