YOUNG swim students from Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool have raised almost $500 for sick children at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
CHOPPERS Swim School held a swimming carnival for its learn-to-swim students last week in a bid to give the three-to-10-year-olds a swimming carnival experience.
Along with the races which focused on skills the youngsters had learnt in their swim classes, the event featured a raffle and a sausage sizzle with proceeds going to the health campus' Paediatric Unit.
Learn to Swim coordinator Narelle Frost said the day was a great success, with students eager to compete in a carnival and help sick children from the local community.
"We decided to donate the money raised on the day to the Paediatric Unit as, being focused on children ourselves, we felt it was important to support another service that also looks after children in our community," Ms Frost said.
"There was also the connection of learning to swim and drowning prevention among children, when we know the hospital would also have looked after children involved in water incidents.
"The carnival was a great challenge for our swimmers with their skills and a lot of fun.
"It will make a difference for these youngsters when they take part in future carnivals and it will also make a difference in the Paediatric Unit where our local doctors and nurses do such wonderful work."
Paediatric Nursing Unit manager Kathleen Connell said the funds would help buy medical equipment for the benefit of local children.
"The swim school and its students have shown tremendous generosity in supporting our young patients and I thank them, and everyone who took part in the carnival on the day, for their efforts," Ms Connell said.
"Community support helps us to care for our paediatric patients here in Coffs Harbour, where families can be together to support each other.
"To CHOPPERS Swim School, its students, and to everyone who bought a raffle ticket on the day in support of the Paediatric Unit, I'd like to say a big thank you on behalf of our young patients.
"Your support makes a difference - our community is just the best."