The Balmoral Swim was initiated within the Mosman community as a “Swim for Cancer”. Funds have been raised since 1990 to benefit targeted cancer-related charities. Since 2005 the Balmoral Beach Club has supported the Swim.
The CCI has been the beneficiary of funds raised since 2006. CCI is the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, better treatment, prevention, and cure of childhood cancer.
The swim is run by volunteers and all funds raised are donated to the charity. The event has continued to grow in popularity and funds raised has grown each year. So far we have raised over one million dollars through swim entries and donations for the Children’s Cancer Institute in their mission to eliminate Childhood Cancer.
The local council, Mosman Municipal Council, has actively encouraged and supported the swim as a feature in the local calendar.
The Balmoral Swim committee encourages community participation. The locally based Navy at HMAS Penguin contribute by providing a band to entertain on the day. The local community helps with a sausage sizzle and many local business support the event.
In 2010 the swim was awarded the CCI Benefactors Award in recognition of outstanding support for the CCI . This award belongs to the community of swimmers and volunteers who have supported the event every year.
The events run at the Balmoral Swim are:
- 1km swim
- 2.5km swim
- 5km swim
- Junior 200m swim
- Schools Challenge
- Balmoral Team Challenge
- A variety of relay events including the HMAS Penguin Shield
- ...and the Alexander Patrick Hall Shield for the most funds raised
Refer to the Balmoral Swim website for more details.