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Posted: 04 June 2006 1824 hrs
Long distance charity swim raises funds for youth outreach programmes
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia
Some 50 swimmers battled the waves off East Coast beach on Sunday morning - all in the name of charity.
They had signed up for the Marathon Charity Swim 2006 to raise funds for the Student Advisory Centre, which runs programmes to help runaway youths.
Among the participants was Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development Youth and Sports, Teo Ser Luck, who later flagged-off the event.
Now into its fourth year, the charity swim featured the longest distance sea swim in Singapore with participants attempting a 15-kilometre effort.
Others opted for the less daunting 5 and 10 kilometre swims.
Some $50,000 were raised through the event.
The money will go towards subsidising youth outreach and development programmes. - CNA/ch