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Just Keep Swimming

South32 Rottnest Channel Swim

The Breaststrokers

Rottnest Channel Swim

$21,734 Raised

There were three groups who participated in the Rottnest Channel Swim on 22 February 2020 and did a fantastic job fundraising for Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA. They dedicated time to training in preparation for the Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island swim and were able to rally their friends and families to support them and donate.

Bernard Schortinghuis ‘Just Keep Swimming’ raised $4,183 from the swim, and with his wife Julia, organised a wine and olive oil appreciation night fundraiser at home, raising an additional $9,411.

“Having had several close family members and friends cared for by the team at BCRC-WA, we have been incredibly impressed by Professor Chan and the incredible work that the team undertakes. The world-leading thinking and innovation that this local team is driving is remarkable and something that all West Australian’s can be proud of. It has been a privilege to support BCRC-WA,” said Julia.


Charlie Sampson with Michael Spadaccini, Aiden McLaughlin, Thomas Stanicich and Joey Laugharne, (support kayaker) known as ‘The Breaststrokers’ (pictured above), placed 17th in the Lavan Charity Challenge section and raised $6,925. Charlie’s heartfelt reason for fundraising was to support ground-breaking research into a cure for breast cancer as his mum Natasha undergoes treatment.

Harry Fitzgerald who is the son of Cathy, a patient, was part of the team at Nova 93.7, aptly named ‘Nova Buoys’ and raised $1,215. Pictured L to R: Luke Kevin, Bayley Howe, Katie Lamb and Harry Fitzgerald.

We sincerely congratulate ‘Just Keep Swimming’, ‘The Breaststrokers’ and the ‘Nova Buoys’ teams for their hard work, preparation and success.