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Funky Swimmers help Bushfire Relief

5 February 2020

Kurt Herzog
Former Funky Trunks sponsored athlete Kurt Herzog has been giving back to bushfire affected communities

With a number of fundraising activities in January, including donating a portion of all online sales, we have raised close to $10,000 for different aid organisations, providing relief packages to the families and towns directly affected by the fires across the country.

Australian World Championship bronze medallist, Kurt Herzog, together with Australian representative swimmer Ryan Roche, both former Funky Trunks sponsored athletes, wanted to give back to their state that has been so deeply impacted by the devastating bushfires. They decided to embark on a Southern NSW bushfire tour. The pair visited eight swim clubs in fire affected regions spread 1,600km apart. They provided high level training and handed out new Funky Trunks and Funkita swim caps and goggles to the local swimmers.

Ryan Roche
Australian representative swimmer Ryan Roche in Funky Trunks Training Jammers

"Many of the local pools had just reopened as the towns are now starting to rebuild," explained Herzog. "The Australian Army is set up offering food, water and shelter for those who have lost everything. It was very confronting, so we were just delighted to be able to help in some small way."

The three-hour swim clinics focused on discipline in training, persistence and having fun and included body position drills, turn technique and dive drills. "The kids were extremely grateful for the Funky gifts they received with parents telling us their child has a new found love for the sport since attending the clinic," added Herzog.

Kurt and Ryan handed out Funky swimming caps and goggles to local swimmers in bushfire affected towns

Having implemented a number of green initiatives within the business, including the introduction of swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles, we are preparing a new tree planting project to run in 2020, a timely exercise for the desperately needed revegetation of the bush.

The swim clubs visited during the tour include:

Batemans Bay Swim Club
Narooma Swim Club
Bega Swim Club
Eden Swim Club
Adelong Swim Club
Tumbarumba Swim Club
Tumut Swim Club
Batlow Swim Club

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