Australia’s iconic Bondi Icebergs Club is calling on all swimmers to take part in a community swim-a-thon on Sunday 22nd September. The fundraising event, supported by the club, and organised by club swim members, Siobhan O’Toole and Donna Moclair, hope to raise much needed funds for a free exercise program (developed in collaboration by the St Vincent’s oncology and rehabilitation teams) to support cancer patients throughout their treatment.
The club is welcoming club members and members of the public to take one lap of the pool – participants of all ages are encouraged to donate or gain sponsorship for this one-time fundraising opportunity.
The free exercise program is being developed by Medical Oncologist, Dr Sara Wahlroos (Head of Exercise Oncology, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre) and Dr Stephen Faux (Head of Rehabilitation, St Vincent’s Hospital) supported by funds raised by breast cancer survivor, Siobhan O’Toole. Siobhan, who is also an Icebergs swim club member, was diagnosed in May 2018 with an aggressive form of breast cancer, known as Triple Negative breast cancer. As part of her treatment, Siobhan was enrolled into an exercise trial led by Dr Sara Wahlroos as part of an ongoing study on the impact of weight bearing exercise for breast cancer patients.
Epidemiological studies overall show that increased physical activity (including aerobic fitness, muscular  fatigue, alleviating psychological distress and improving quality of life of cancer patients.

Siobhan’s road to remission was aided by Dr Sara Wahlroos’ research trial, and now the pair are working together in a bid to raise further funds for an ongoing free exercise program to be made available and accessible to all patients during cancer treatment and recovery. Working with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Siobhan and Dr Sara Wahlroos are hoping to raise $25,000 to fund a pilot multidiscipline program for 20 patients. A bespoke program will be created for each patient on the trial, designed by a specialist Exercise Physiologist and will cover exercise, weight and mental health.

A passionate ‘berg, Siobhan has been a member of Bondi Icebergs Club since 2016. The winter swimming club, which dates to 1929 and is celebrating its 90th anniversary year has always maintained a strong sense of community spirit and pride in its members and positioning within the local community.
Siobhan, Dr Sara Wahlroos and Bondi Icebergs Club welcome all to take part in the swim-a-thon on Sunday 22 September. Laps for Icebergs swim members will take place from 9am, with the pool being opened up for all to partake from 11am. All monies raised will go to funding the free exercise program and donations over $2 will receive a tax deductable receipt. To donate or register interest, please visit https://everydayhero.com.au/event/swimforcancer

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