Byron Bay Winter Whales members and representatives of 17 local charities and clubs attend the presentation of cheques at Byron Bay last Sunday.
Byron Bay Winter Whales members and representatives of 17 local charities and clubs attend the presentation of cheques at Byron Bay last Sunday.

Byron’s popular big swim raises a record $61,000

A record $61,000 was raised at this year’s Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic.

Organised by the Byron Bay Winter Whales, this year’s swim, held in May, attracted more than 2000 swimmers.

 Last Sunday the winter whales presented 17 local clubs and charities with proceeds from the swim at a special presentation ceremony at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

The recipients included the Byron Bay Surf Club, Byron Bay Nippers, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Camp Quality, Salvation Army, Byron Bay Sports Foundation, St John Ambulance, Byron Bay Swimming Club, Byron Bay Scouts, Variety Club, Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad, Northern Rivers Prostate Cancer Support Group, Rainbow Dragons Abreast, Byron District Hospital, Bay FM, Cape Byron Coastal Patrol Byron Bay Ambulance Service.

Winter whales president Peter Kendall said he wanted to thank all the sponsors.

“This year’s swim was an extraordinary event, with record numbers participating,” Mr Kendall said.

“We were blessed with great weather and conditions and this all contributed to the success of the event.

“I am over the moon with the amount of money that we raised.”

Two years ago the whales raised $40,000 from the swim.

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