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Grafton Swimming Club’s Wave Runners won the community trophy. Images: Contributed

CanDo Cancer Grafton Rottnest Swim

The Coffs Coast and Clarence CanDo Cancer Trust holds a number of fundraising events to raise money for the program.

The annual CanDo Grafton Rottnest Swim was held at the Grafton Pool on Saturday March 30.

The pouring rain on the day did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Grafton community, for the CanDo Cancer Trust Rottnest Swim Challenge. 

Twelve teams braved the weather to swim 30 minute time slots to achieve the equivalent length of the Rottnest Channel (west from Perth), 19.7km or 394 laps of the Grafton Pool.

A great sausage sizzle was manned by the local swim club, Freemasons assisted with raffles and lap counting and the local pool staff helped us all to raise almost $5000 to help Grafton cancer patients pay household bills.

St Mary’s Primary School entered 3 teams, 2 of which were tied 1st place and won the schools section.  The local swim club team, Wave Runners, won the Community trophy and our great supporters of CanDo, Vision Exercise Physiology, won the business house.  ANZ bank took out the Bank Challenge.

CanDo has contributed $100,000 to the Grafton Community by paying household bills, fuel, food and other essentials to cancer patients having to travel to Coffs Harbour to attend the North Coast Cancer Institute. 

CanDo has been operating for 10 years and is a registered charity helping patients within 24 hours of an application being received by the social workers at the Cancer Institute.  If you would like to know more or donate, go to or our FB page CanDo Cancer Trust.

St Mary’s Primary School, who entered three teams (two of which tied 1st place) and won the schools section. Image: Contributed
Vision Exercise Psysiology team won the business house team event. Image: Contributed