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In April twenty-four people swam for 24 hours at Bega Memorial Swimming Pool to raise money for Bega Valley Can Assist. The initial goal set out by the swimmers was to raise $2,400, with each swimmer’s goal being to raise $100.  In the end they far exceeded that number and were able to raise $7,000 with the help of the community and local businesses.

“Everyone just came out of the woodwork and it was a real community thing. Rosie from Baker’s Delight came down with cheese and bacon rolls and free food… everyone made dips, cheese and bickies and just sat down and had a cuppa tea.”

“There was 24 of us there, we all got our photos, everyone was setting up their beds for the night, people just bought in their swags and camped out all over the pool grounds which was so good.”

A couple of people from Can Assist were also present during the 24 hour marathon. They assisted with keeping spirits high and writing out receipts.  “All together we swam 161km which was 4828 laps,” said Ms Philipzen.

Commonwealth Bank Merimbula branch employees have donated $500 to Bega Valley Can Assist as part of a nationwide community donation program.

Commonwealth Bank’s Merimbula branch team voted to support the great work of Bega Valley Can Assist.

“Many communities across Australia face ongoing challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s important for us to give back to local organisations who continue to do good work within our community. We are pleased to support Bega Valley Can Assist,” Jodie Heaton, Commonwealth Bank Merimbula Branch Manager said.

“In particular, the way in which they support local cancer patients with the high costs of travel and accommodation outside the valley to receive their treatment, so it’s great to be able to support them in this great work.”

Bega Valley Branch has a fabulous relationship with the local oncology social worker Beverly. Majella and Emma appreciated her time sharing the local issues facing cancer patients.  Majella, Anne and Emma also really enjoyed attending the monthly Bega meeting members and hearing the plans for the up-n-coming Christmas carol event. Particular thanks to Peter and Rhonda for their time.

In November the Bega Valley Can Assist team welcomed visitors upon entry to the Open Garden Day at Warragaburra.