On Friday, February 28, 2020, 20 teams braved the cold for the 34th annual Carl Oake Swimathon in Peterborough, ON. With the help of almost 100 swimmers, volunteers, and CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc., the event raised over $45,000 for Easter Seals and the Rotary Club of Peterborough. Since 1987, this event has raised over $1.2 million to help Canadians living with disabilities and to support local initiatives such as the school breakfast programs, the YMCA, and the Rotary Greenway Trail. Please join us in congratulating all participants, volunteers, and donators on another successful Swimathon!
Vanessa Oake Hogan of CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. co-chaired the event, while her father Carl Oake, the founder of the event, was out of town. Carl started this event 34 years ago by getting his friends and family to donate 10 cents for every lap he swam. This year, his daughter Renee Oake took her father’s place and completed 136 lengths during the event.
This year a local Special Olympics team participated in the Swimathon. Wanting to give back to the organizations that have helped them succeed, they reached out to Vanessa to join this extraordinary event. Not only were they a top fundraising team, but they also swam the entire event while encouraging other participating teams.
“I am so grateful for the people of Peterborough coming together to give back to this community. With them braving the cold in their swimsuits and wacky outfits, we were able to raise over $45,000 to help our neighbours and Easter Seals participants” – Vanessa Oake Hogan, CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc.
Dianne Therrien, Mayor of Peterborough
Wendy Hill and her wacky dressed team
Vanessa Oake Hogan’s interview with Pete and Dani from Fresh Radio 100.5
Special Olympics Swimmer & Mitchell McColl former Easter Seals Ambassador
Renee Oake & Vanessa Oake Hogan