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English Channel swimmer reaches the half way mark

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November 27, 2017

Brenda Norman, Robyn Richards and Beth Kermode with the swimmer mannequin on the sixth hole.

Maggie McCalman and Rosie Keech in the drinks cart.

Kate and Georgie McCalman cooking a sausage sizzle.

Channel 4 Change charity founder Brenda Norman has officially made it half way to her fundraising goal.

The efforts of Miss Norman — who plans to swim the English Channel in August next year — and her helpers have seen the charity raise $20,000 to date, with the funds going towards initiatives to support those suffering with mental health issues in the region.

One of the fundraising activities was Sunday’s Chip in 4 Change golf day at Deniliquin Golf Club, which raised $4,100.

The event saw 120 players make up 30 teams, with golfers from Rich River, Melbourne and Howlong travelling to support the cause.

Miss Norman said she had been overwhelmed with the support she’s received from the community.

‘‘Everyone there on the day was very generous,’’ she said.

‘‘We had novelty holes with a 100 metre swimming lane rope measuring the longest drive, baby pools for golfers to try and land their ball in and cash prize holes.

‘‘Felicity McCalman did an amazing job in organising the day and setting up the novelty holes.

‘‘The money that has been raised so far has been funding the delivery of Mental Health First Aid courses here in Deni.

‘‘We are also planning events for early next year to equip adults and youth with the skills to maintain their own mental health and support individuals in our community who are suffering.’’

Winning the day of golf was the team of Brendan Willoughby, Leah Robinson and Marg and Terry Blake.

Other winners were: Straightest Drive - Martin Blake and Lyn Bond; Longest Drive - Ben Irwin and Sarah Lugsdin; ‘Closest to swimmer’ on the 6th hole - Terry Blake.

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The Channel 4 Change events that were planned with English Channel swim coach Chloe McCardel for December 2 in Deniliquin have been postponed.

The two events — an afternoon with school children and dinner auction that night — will now be held on March 10 next year.

‘‘There are a lot of things happening in the community in December so the decision was made to postpone the events,’’ Miss Norman said.

‘‘There were a lot of people interested in attending who couldn’t make it on December 2.

‘‘Chloe was quite happy to change the date and was available that weekend (in March).

‘‘It will be a tremendous day. It won’t be a day just for swimmers, so I encourage everyone to come check it out.’’

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