WITH just over a week to go until next Sunday's Novotel Pacific Bay Ocean Swims, the many charities that are on the list to receive proceeds from the popular event are again quietly hoping that competitors will turn out in huge numbers.
One of the major recipients of funds from the Swims is the Early Childhood Intervention Program.
Offering a service to families of premature babies, the 'Gumnuts' Program monitors the development of premature or extremely low birth weight infants, particularly those born less than 32 weeks gestation.
Infants who have experienced complicated births are also included in the target group. These infants are considered to be at risk of disability/developmental delay.
There were 16 referrals during 2005, 14 of those families chose to become part of the 'Gumnuts' Program. There have been four new referrals already this year.
The service is additional to visits to the Paediatrician and Early Childhood Clinic checks and provides families with a comprehensive developmental check with an experienced therapist and early childhood special educator.
The funds to employ a paediatric physiotherapist for six hours per month come from community donations with one of the major contributors being the Coffs Coast Ocean Swims.
"We are so happy and grateful to be involved with the Coffs Coast Ocean Swims," said Joy Leach, director of the program. "They have supported us for some time, and it is great to be associated with an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle."
The Novotel Pacific Bay Ocean Swims are on Sunday, February 26, so enter now at www.coffsoceanswims.com or pick up an entry form from one of the local pools.