FITNESS FRIENDS: The group has smashed their goal of 4000 laps for Starlight Children's Foundation and are already keen for next year.
FITNESS FRIENDS: The group has smashed their goal of 4000 laps for Starlight Children's Foundation and are already keen for next year. Contributed

Monto fitness friends lapping it up for a cause

A GROUP of friends in Monto have swum 4000 laps for charity since Australia Day but they are not stopping there.

In fact, they don't know when they are stopping. After smashing their original laps goal, they now want to see how far they can get so they can set a more challenging goal next year.

The fit friends signed up for the Starlight Children's Foundation Starlight Super Swim, a 30-day challenge to raise money for the charity which began on Australia Day and ends on Sunday, February 24.

Active Aquatics manager Toni-Anne Ward said while she has been at the pool for more than a decade, this is the first time she's participated in the swim.

"We are all a bit competitive so it was a good bit of extra motivation,” Ms Ward said.

Jenine Horrocks is currently the pacesetter in the challenge, averaging about six kilometres in the pool each week.

COMPLETED: These Monto fitness friends smashed their goal of 4000 laps for charity.
COMPLETED: These Monto fitness friends smashed their goal of 4000 laps for charity. Contributed

Ms Horrocks said signing up for the challenge was great motivation.

"I feel healthier, I feel fitter,” she said.

Ms Horrocks also has a personal connection to Starlight Children's Foundation after he daughter was last year admitted to the then Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for three weeks.

She said her daughter found sanctuary in the foundation's play area in the hospital during her stay.

The group members are about halfway to achieving their fundraising goal of $500.

Donations can be made at the pool, IGA, Foodworks and Monto Rural Traders.

The group meets on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 6am.

Ms Ward said it is a great group of people and they have grown so close they often socialise together as well, including a Christmas party last year.

She said anyone is welcome to join in for a swim. For details, phone Active Aquatics on 4166 1787.


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