20100213 Jindabyne Big Swim

333a065985Snowy Mountains Clean Energy for Eternity conducted a successful Life Saving Energy Big Swim Series once again, as a fund raiser for solar panels for Jindabyne RFS.

Acacia Rose Convenor of the Snowy Mountains Chapter of Clean Energy
for Eternity said “the strong support for the CEFE Life Saving Energy Swim

Kate Greenwood co-organiser and champion swimmer
Kate Greenwood co-organiser and champion swimmer

Series means that we are closer to completing the solar panels project for the Jindabyne RFS.”

“This year 20 swimmers including two relay teams completed the 7.2 km swim from Kalkite along the length of Lake Jindabyne to the Strzelecki statue in Banjo Paterson Park supported by a contingent of kayakers, a local GP and the SES.”

“Swimmers came from as far away as Christchurch NZ and Bathurst to enjoy swimming in Lake Jindabyne.’

“The weather was cloudy and cool however the lake was still warm at the
surface and dead calm creating almost perfect conditions for the swim.’
“Amongst the fund raising swimmers was Alina Plescan from Thredbo, a former
ocean swimmer who completed three laps of the lake swimming almost 22 kms
in increasingly cold conditions.”

“For the second year, Alina has contributed her superb skills to the Life Saving
Energy Swim Series also being the fastest woman to complete the first 7.2 km
of the swim.”

Following the Big Swim the Inaugural Strzelecki Dash attracted Member for
Monaro and Minister for Emergency Services Steve Whan and, Member for
Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly along with 18 local swimmers.
Steve Whan put in an impressive performance and won the Strzelecki Dash
setting the tempo for future swims.

“However, star of the Strzelecki was local swimmer and former Commonwealth
Games representative, Noeline Dahlen-Maclean who, at almost 80 years of
age, raised funds for Riding for the Disabled.”

Ms Rose said “Noeline’s inspiring efforts topped off a great day and we
welcome all swimmers to be similarly encouraged to enter the Life Saving
Energy Swim Series.”

“Clean Energy for Eternity is committed to local solutions to climate change
and aims to retrofit all public buildings with solar energy, solar hot water and
non-toxic insulation to meet the Nott Target of 50:50 by 2020, or 50%
reduction in energy consumption and 50% renewable energy by 2020.”
“To achieve the Nott Target Snowy Mountains Clean Energy for Eternity is
working closely with the Snowy River Shire Council Green Team and State
Government agencies as well as our local members.”

“The Sustainable Living Expo on the following day attracted key information
stands and suppliers for the dozens of people attending the Flowing Festival
and Dragon Boat challenges.”

“We trust that the information and suppliers of, low energy intensity products,
energy saving devices, solar hot water, fresh regional produce and Green Loans
for example, makes it easier for people to live a more comfortable and less
energy expensive life.”

Ms Rose said “Snowy Mountains CEFE would like to thank its major sponsors,
The Banjo Paterson Inn, 2020 Financial Solutions, The Westpac Bank, Serge’s
Cafe, Snow Print Bookshop and Sacred Ride as well as the many local
businesses and individuals who have sponsored the swims and made it
possible to place solar panels on the Jindabyne RFS Shed.”