24 January 2019
This year, the bold and fabulous women behind the Marilyn Jetty Swim are hoping to break a world record at their sixth annual swim, which raises funds and awareness for Cancer Council SA.
Held as a part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic, the Marilyn Jetty Swim sees over 100 women (and a couple of men!) dressed as Marilyn Monroe raise funds for Cancer Council SA by swimming around the iconic Brighton Jetty.
Spearheaded by event founder Sarah Tinney, this year the Marilyn’s are not only hoping to raise $80,000 for Cancer Council SA, but are also aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the starlet in one location.
It’s an attempt which they hope will raise even more awareness of Cancer Council SA and the work that they do.
“This year, people have not only signed up to swim but have also signed up to be ‘Record Breaking Marilyn’s’, dressing in the iconic Marilyn white dress and blonde wig and cheering us on from the beach. We’ve got men, women and children all involved and hope that the collective number will set a World Record!” said Sarah.
“Through setting the World Record we hope to raise even more awareness and funds for Cancer Council SA and in turn, support all South Australians impacted by cancer.”
Baring it all in a swimsuit might be daunting, but for Sarah her motivation is simple—every year, she dedicates her swim to her late mother who lost her battle to uterine cancer in 2007.
“We held our first swim six years ago and have never looked back. What started as a light-hearted conversation with some of the ladies at our local surf club about doing a fundraiser with a difference has become something I’m really proud of.”
“I’m not athletic but agreed to do a swim out to the jetty with a floaty in the name of raising money on two conditions—I’d make it comical by dressing like one of the most iconic women to grace our screens and I’d be joined by lookalike decoys so people couldn’t spot me in the crowd!”
Since that initial conversation in 2013 the event has grown in leaps and bounds, with the inspirational group of women raising more than $300,000 for Cancer Council SA.
All the money raised has gone towards funding Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support programs right here in South Australia.
The women hope that this year’s world record attempt will be the biggest swim yet, raising funds and awareness for a cause that remains very close to her heart.
“I hope that my kids never have cancer. But if they do, I hope treatment can be easier, more effective and smarter. Somebody has to do something to get us there and it might as well be all of us,” said Sarah.
“As our muse Marilyn Monroe once said, give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. I like to think–just give her a bathing suit, a blonde wig and touch of lippy!”
The Marilyn Jetty Swim will be held on Sunday, 3 February as a part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic.
For more information and to donate visit: www.cancersa.org.au/get-involved/fundraising-events/marilyn-jetty-swim