** The 2015 edition of the Eau Vive Swimathon will take place in the fall, at a date to be announced later. **
À CONTRE-COURANT (ACC), Montréal’s gay and lesbian aquatic club, wishes to announce that the 19th edition of its EAU VIVE swimathon will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10am to 1pm to raise money for organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS. Event will take place at the pool of Cegep du Vieux Montréal, 255 Ontario Street East (corner of Sanguinet), in Montréal (Sherbrooke or Berri-UQAM metro).
Individual or group participation
Each athlete participating individually in the swimathon must collect a minimum of $50 in donations from individuals or companies and, in return, promises to swim 1500 meters in the style of his/her choice. Those who choose to can swim in a team, splitting up the 1500 meters as they wish. Each team must collect at least $100 in order to participate.
All funds raised by the swimathon will be donated in their entirety to organizations that assist people living with HIV/AIDS. Beneficiary organizations are chosen every year, before the event, by the board of À Contre-Courant, based on such criteria as the organization’s mission, seriousness, and proposed use of funds. Beneficiary organizations since 2006 are: La Fondation d’Aide Directe-SIDA Montréal and La Maison d’Hérelle.
For all donations of 20$ or more, beneficiary organizations will issue tax receipts to donors that may be included as a charitable donation in their income tax return. To receive a receipt, donors simply need to check the corresponding box on the swimathon donation form.
A valuable experience
As well as a chance to contribute to a good cause, the swimathon gives some swimmers the opportunity to swim a 1500 meter event for the very first time!
A celebration of life
“The Eau Vive swimathon is a celebration of life and an expression of solidarity and hope, during which our thoughts will be with those who are no longer with us,” states one of the event’s coordinators. “We believe that it is important for those in the sports milieu to express their solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we invite everyone who wants to participate – be it as a swimmer, a donor, or a volunteer – to come and join us for the afternoon.”
To register for the swimathon, make a donation, participate as a volunteer, or to get more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.