UYSWC to hold charity swim event for Target Ovarian Cancer
The University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club (UYSWC) will be hosting a charity swim event in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer.
Participants will be able to get involved from 6am to 6pm on the 3rd March at York Sport Village. The event is open to everybody and the society hopes that by getting more people involved, they will be able to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, a disease which 7300 women are diagnosed with each year in the UK alone.
This is the club’s second annual charity swim: last year the society raised £1000 towards Marie Curie. Students from as far as Svalbard swam in aid of this event and hope to gather similar interest this year. They have also raised over £1000 for Target Ovarian Cancer through their members running the Edinburgh Marathon and by organizing a cake sale with the biology department.
Rebecca Hall, head of press and publicity of the UYSWC, told The Yorker that, alongside March being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, they chose Target Ovarian Cancer as it is a personal charity to them and that ‘”it’s also a great charity that does lots to raise awareness of the symptoms [as] they can be quite non-specific which makes it super important that people are clued up on what to look out for.”
She added: “it would be great to beat the amount that we raised last year but I think that any figure would make a big difference to the charity and if we could raise awareness of ovarian cancer along the way then that would be fantastic.”
Hall also wished to express her thanks to York Sport Village for supporting the cause.