01 February 2016
If you’ve ever dreamed of being Marilyn Monroe for a day, the Marilyn Jetty Swim is for you!
While hundreds are getting ready to tackle the annual Brighton Jetty Classic on 7 February, 100 Marilyn Monroe’s are gearing up to join them.
Every February, over 100 ‘Marilyn’s’ are professionally made up before parading down Main Street Brighton (escorted by the Royal Australian Navy Band) then entering the water, all to raise funds for Cancer Council SA.
Marilyn Swim event organiser and Cancer Council Ambassador Sarah Tinney says the third event is set to be the biggest yet with the team hoping to raise $50,000.
“This year’s event preparations are going ‘swimmingly’. The Marilyn Jetty Swim now has a great team of five hard working ladies, each bringing with them a different set of skills to make it all come together,” Ms Tinney says.
The group have worked tirelessly throughout the year fundraising through holding cinema nights, sausage sizzles, high teas and pamper events as well as raffles casual days and lunch tours.
“One brave Marilyn will even lose her locks for the cancer fight the morning of the swim,” Mrs Tinney added.
Dressed in white bathing suits, platinum blonde wigs and professional make-up, the participants will paddle around the Brighton Jetty, supported by surf lifesavers, with proceeds going to Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support services.
In 2015, the Marilyn’s have received support from all over Adelaide including the City of Prospect.
The group collected donations at the Tourrific Street Party on 18 January before participating in the world record attempt of the largest Ukulele ensemble, to raise awareness for the swim.
Ms Tinney, has created the fun swimming event to honour her late mother who lost her battle with Uterine cancer in 2007.
“When she was diagnosed, I felt totally helpless on the other side of the world.
“Helping beat cancer gave me incredible empowerment,” she says.
“It is very much a team effort. We have a great time and I know we’re making a difference.”
Places are still available to join the Marilyn Swim team.
Participants can either swim in a white vintage style swimsuit or raise funds from the shore in a classic Marilyn Monroe dress handing out sunscreen to spectators and encouraging everyone to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
With an ever growing event, all registrations are now available online at www.themarilyns.org.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, says the Marilyn Swim is a great community event helping raise important funds for cancer research.
He said people like Ms Tinney are helping to beat cancer while also supporting the hundreds of South Australians affected by cancer.
“At Cancer Council, we believe no one should go on a cancer journey alone,” Mr Size said.
“Thanks to Ms Tinney and her ongoing efforts, we are able to continue vital cancer research while also supporting cancer prevention and support programs.
Ms Tinney is very proud of all the participants.
“We have such a passionate and bold group this year. They have a great drive to achieve their goals and are happy to throw themselves into all of the opportunities that this organisation presents them with... even if it means learning to play a ukulele,” she added.
Registrations for the Marilyn’s are currently open.
To donate, or to host your own fundraiser, visit cancersa.org.au
Be bold, be fabulous, be a Marilyn.