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Annaleise: youngest ever
Pity the grade 9 classmate who tries to top this in a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" English composition next month...
Annaleise Carr, 14, of Walsh, Norfolk County,
became the youngest person to ever swim across Lake Ontario Sunday 19 Aug
2012, when she ended her 26-hour, 52-km swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake, coming ashore
in Toronto at Marilyn Bell
Park just before 9 p.m.
Her parents, Jeff
and Debbie Carr, were waiting at Marilyn Bell Park. So were the media, her
ground support team, and
a crowd of hundreds, many of whom had followed her swim progress online. Ditto
an ambulance that whisked her to hospital for Solo Swims of
Ontario's protocol check-up.
At Annaleise's press conference on the lawn of the Erie Beach Hotel in Port Dover the next afternoon, Camp Trillium announced they had received over $115,000 -- and donations were still coming in.
Although donations are still welcome and coming, we quit counting once they topped $136,000 a couple of days later.
After meeting kids at Camp Trillium last year, Annaleise wanted to volunteer at the camp, but was under their 18-year minimum age. So she decided to raise funds for the charity via this swim instead.
To put Annaleise's accomplishment in perspective, she has raised enough to send more than 115 very sick kids to the year-round camp for a week.
Perhaps more importantly, the one dubbed Mighty Mite has put Camp Trillium on a lot of potential donors' radar screens for future giving. That alone is a major accomplishment for any volunteer.
Norfolk County will celebrate Annaleise's accomplishments with a parade through downtown Simcoe on Labour Day.
Toronto's Marilyn Bell Park is named after Annaleise's role model, the then 16 year old girl who first swam across Lake Ontario in 1954.