Solo effort for charity


Gwynne Park Primary School deputy principal Sam Prodonovich crossing the channel.
Gwynne Park Primary School deputy principal Sam Prodonovich crossing the channel.

GWYNNE Park Primary School deputy principal Sam Prodonovich says as a primary school teacher working in the Armadale region, he sees a lot of work being done for children in need.

The seasoned swimmer decided to do the Rottnest Channel Swim solo this year to raise money for Parkerville Children and Youth Care, which cares for the most vulnerable children and youth in the community.

He eventually finished the swim in seven hours and 24 minutes and his efforts raised more than $2500.

The 45-year-old Bateman father (pictured left) said he decided to raise money for Parkerville because he had seen the work it had done at surrounding schools.

“As a primary school deputy in the Armadale region, I get to see a lot of the great work that Parkerville Children and Youth Care do for our students and their families,” he said.

“I have seen first-hand the work they have done and my family has had a |long tradition of raising money with them.”

Along with the community at Gwynne Park Primary School, students from Neerigen Brook and Westfield primary schools also helped contribute money by holding free dress days.

Students and principals from Neerigen Brook and Westfield primary schools were at an assembly last Friday when Parkerville received the cheque for the $2500.

Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Teams of up to four can take on the swim.

Mr Prodonovich has done the swim nine times with a team but this time, in order to raise funds for charity, he went solo.

“It was a very long seven hours,” he said.

“It was a lot harder and you really do hit that wall and it takes you into a different place in terms of fatigue.

“As you swim, boats and kayakers come up and clap and cheer for you.”

He said he was not sure what his next fitness venture would be but it could be a marathon.