CLOSE to 20 local community groups, charities and services have benefited from this year's Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic and Ky Hurst Mini Swim organised by the Byron Bay Winter Whales.
This year the Ocean Classic Swim was the first swim in the Ky Hurst Swim Series which culminates with an Australia Day swim at the Sydney Opera House.
There were 1511 entries in the Classic Swim and 240 for the Mini Swim, taking the overall entries to 1760.
"Although swim numbers were slightly down this year, $70,000 was raised and has been given to such groups as the Byron Bay Surf Club, and without the club's assistance, the swim would not be possible," Winter Whales President Peter Kendall said.
"Money also went to the Westpac Helicopter, Byron Bay Scouts, Camp Quality, other cancer support groups and marine rescue services, the Herb Nursery and Bay-FM.
"This takes the total donation dollars raised by the Winter Whales to $590,000, with $409,000 raised in the last 10 years.
"None of this is possible without the generous support of the swim sponsors mentioned as well as NBN, PMD Screen prints, Coopers, Bay Royal Apartments, Blanch's Bus Service, Beach Suites, Club Byron, Wholly Smoked, Beach Hotel, Southern Cross Credit Union and the Byron Bay Winter Whales."
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