Starting next week, roughly 200 swimmers will dive into the pool—not just for exercise or to cool off, but for charity.
For the second year in a row, Live Civilly will host its “Lapping Up Hunger” fundraiser at Sunnybrook, wherein members of the club’s swim team swim laps to raise money for charity.
This year, the fundraiser will benefit children in the ’s summer camp program. Since the end of June, Live Civilly has been providing free lunches to 28 children in the camp on a daily basis.
Kahra Buss, , said the hunger-fighting nonprofit has provided between 110-135 lunches a week since it began partnering with the recreation department.
Buss said they raised $2,000 through the fundraiser last year and is hoping to exceed that this year. The swim team members are in the process of seeking out sponsorships—either on a per lap basis, or a lump sum amount.
“This was an opportunity for them to make a firm commitment to the swim team, while also doing something charitable,” she said.
The rec department is also receiving assistance from two other philanthropic groups in town—the Friends Enrichment Program (FEP) of Moorestown Friends Meeting and MooreKids, a new nonprofit—which have stepped up to provide scholarships (at $125/child) for 28 children to participate in the rec department’s summer camp programs. Miller said FEP is sponsoring 10 children, while MooreKids is assisting 18.
“We’re all working together … It’s really been a beautiful thing,” Miller said of the alliance between the rec department, FEP, MoorKids and Live Civilly. “The partnerships are absolutely invaluable to this department and this community, and just shows how the community pulls together.”
Lapping Up Hunger kicks off Monday, July 16, and runs until July 20. Those wishing to make a donation to the cause can do so through Live Civilly’s website. When you go to donate, under the “Special Instructions” tab, write “Lapping Up Hunger” or “Sunnybrook Fundraiser,” Buss said.
You can also mail donations to Live Civilly Inc., PO Box 517, Moorestown, NJ 08057, and write “Lapping Up Hunger” on the memo line of the check.
For more information, contact Buss at 856-313-9853.
The recreation department’s summer camp program is held every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at , and elementary schools and at the . A special needs summer recreation program is also being held at (12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday).
For more information, visit the rec department page on the township website.
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