Long swim to help children


Deputy principal Sam Prodonovich raised $2500 for Parkerville Children and Youth Care.        d451071
Deputy principal Sam Prodonovich raised $2500 for Parkerville Children and Youth Care.        d451071

The Bateman resident 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 our community.

He eventually finished the swim in seven hours and 24 minutes, raising more than $2500 for his effort.

The 45-year-old father 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 present 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 take on the swim. Mr Prodonovich has done it nine times with a team but this time he went solo.

“It was a very long seven hours. It was a lot harder and you really do hit that wall and it takes you into a different place in terms of fatigue,” he said.

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

Mr Prodonovich said he was not sure what his next fitness venture would be, but would consider running a marathon.