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Mollymook ocean swimming

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group. They are simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. There is no water safety,  each person chooses individually whether or not to swim in the prevailing conditions and if so the distance they swim and understand they swim at their own risk. Most endeavour to swim in pairs or groups and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.           

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 Local e-new releases produced for Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism by Mollymook News Editor; Ken Banks

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers enjoy some waves

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‘Hope Springs Eternal’. Finally some lovely Waves begin occurring at Mollymook Beach

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers kept on hoping and hoping, no matter what the odds were, that good surf conditions would once again emerge after weeks of smog and ash in the water following the devastating New Year’s Eve Bush Fires. Above pic of Tim displaying all the determination necessary to master this one, of numerous waves.

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Bush Fire Recovery Phase One

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Clothing provided at Mollymook Surf club for those impacted by the Bush Fires

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Architects: Katie Macartney and sister Vicki Geraghty arranged an enormous supply of clothing made available for the bush fire casualties

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Milton Doctor Katie Macartney having had first-hand experience dealing with victims of the recent catastrophic South Coast Bush Fires was determined to do all that she could to help those in need in as ‘practical way as possible’. With help from her sister Vicki Geraghty and mum Julie Fitzgerald they came up with the idea of ‘clothing donations’ and then went about the task of organising  contributions. They began getting word out to their friends in Sydney for help in gathering quality used clothing that could then be made available to those who had lost everything.

Katie said; “The number wishing to help grew exponentially, with friends sending word out to their friends. The end result was an enormous load of clothing delivered from Sydney and locally. The ‘giving’ attitude in some cases was beyond comprehension with some clothing items arriving from England that included new designer dresses, valued at around $1000 per item”.

Katie, mum Julie and Vicki were absolutely overwhelmed by the response.

Along with family and their many friends, they spent Friday evening at the Mollymook surf club sorting through all the donations and packaged items. Saturday morning was spent putting the clothing on racks and marking their various sizes. Katie said, “We just felt like we needed to do something extra, for when people are fleeing a fire the last thing, they think of taking with them is clothing”.

The Inspiring Outcome

Katie was overwhelmed; she said “a) We counted 40 fire affected families who benefited from clothing donations b) Two of the most beautiful dresses which were sent from London (value of each approx $1000) went to two local women. One received a wedding dress! Another a year 12 graduation dress with shoes! c) Later when the clothing was made available to the public, the ‘gold coin’ donations from the public exceeded $2000 which is being donated to ‘Treading Lightly MUD’

Katie also expressed her gratitude; “So many amazing people volunteered their time to set-up, pack-up and look after the market on the day.  Without their help, the success of this special day would not have been possible”. 

Images below provide a small insight into the amount of donated clothing.

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Used Clothing for Bush Fire Casualties

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Clothing available at Mollymook Surf club for for those impacted by Bush Fires

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Katie Macartney will have 2nd hand clothing available at Mollymook Surf club this Saturday, January 18 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

 

Details: Mollymook Clothing Market for families impacted by the 2020 bushfires.

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9-11 am – people affected by the fires can enjoy the opportunity to rebuild your wardrobe free of charge and choose from a wide range of second hand clothes and shoes.

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11-1 pm – open to the public to choose from second hand clothes and shoes and make a donation to Treading Lightly in the MUD.

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Come and shop from clothes and shoes given by families and companies in Sydney and surrounds. Lots of second hand clothes for men, women and children!

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Convoy of Hope Australia

 

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The five members of ‘Convoy of Hope’ with Joel on the right

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Portable ‘Shower Truck’ for local residents use

January ART Exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant

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January ART Exhibition at Tallwood

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Grand Opening of Robbie & Simone’s first Art exhibition: Tallwood Restaurant, 2.00pm, Saturday January 11, 2020

Swimmers are all welcome.

The exhibition will run for three weeks. Their works are inspired by the beauty of the sea life found along the south coast.  So please come along and view the unique sea life mosaics, created by Simone and Rob Scott. 

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Simone and Robbie Scott’s artistic works on display

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Possible origin of Simone and Robbie’s skills:

Google records; “Research shows January babies have a number of advantages because of their birth month. People born in January are more likely to be famous because they are more creative and have superior problem-solving skills, according to a study of 300 celebrities”.

Robbie’s birthday is January 2 and Simone is January 3. Could this be the link?

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Bush Fire News

 

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Losal’s Caravan come homestead PRIOR to New Year’s eve fires

Update Bush Fire – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Lloyd and Ruth MacDonald. Their former house with Lloyd in the b/g looking at the ruins 

 

Bush Fire Update for the swimmers

Lloyd and Ruth lost their home when the bush fires swept through on Tuesday. Ben and Roger kindly looked after them on Wednesday evening and fellow swimmer Mike and his dear wife Elizabeth Gaffney have offered their holiday home for some short term accommodation. Lloyd was so thankful and graciously accepted.

Garry Jenner and Jayne lost their shed and fowl yard including their fowls. I’ve heard that Garry was able to put out a number of small fires that had apparently started on their home and save it whereby their neighbour lost their home completely.

Swimmers have been inquiring into the welfare of Wendy and Craig Jenner at Lake Conjola. From reliable sources I am advised that they are presently ok, however everyone in that area are bracing themselves for Saturday’s predicted heat-wave.

Inquiries have also been coming in for Ray and Janie Ackerman. Ray was down swimming this morning and all is good at the moment. Others were inquiring into the welfare of Losal Lekshe who lives in a caravan down in Myrtle Gully north of Milton. Losal is OK and currently on the Central Coast for his birthday with his parents. He hasn’t been able to contact the owner of the property where his caravan is.

Later update is in BLUE below.

Just heard that the owner of the property where Losal’s caravan is, lost his life in Tuesday’s horrific fires.

Graeme and Suzanne have accommodation available for any swimmer in need.

 

 

 

 

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Oceanswims.com – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Paul Ellercamp wrote in his recent Oceanswims.com e-newsletter about the culcha (culture) that exists among the ocean swimmers up and down the coast and made a reference to the Mollymook Ocean swimmers 20 year history book. I missed clicking on Paul’s link for culcha, so in case any more of our swimmers like me missed the article, I have copied and pasted it below. 

 

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Night of Nights – Celebrating Swimmer of the Year

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A wonderful result: Isabel Szanto declared the Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year, 2019

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Isabel Szanto the vivacious 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

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What one word could be used to describe this beautiful lady? It was suggested Vivacious! So much life, energy and spirit. What an incredible example for swimmers so much younger than Issi. 75 years of age, working at the Ulladulla Leisure centre teaching youngsters to swim, operating Air BnB accommodation, an underwater model, ocean swimming every morning and much more.  Some people are just naturally fun to be around; they sparkle, they animate any group they’re part of, they’re full of life, this is our Issi.

Congratulations Issi from all the swimmers, a well earned award.

Click on pics to enlarge throughout

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Mollymook Swimmers Pre-Christmas News

 

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Swimmers Christmas Party and Awarding of the 2019 Swimmer of the Year Award.

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Swimmers Christmas Party, 6.00 pm Saturday December 21, 2019. Venue: Upstairs at the Surf Club. 

Note: Pot luck evening meal so please remember to bring a plate and your own alcohol.

Organiser Garry Hunt and his wife Noelene will provide recyclable crockery and cutlery.

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Who will be declared the 2019 Swimmer of the Year, and awarded this sought-after trophy?

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The history behind the trophy is provided by its creator, the affable Mike Gaffney. “I created a perpetual trophy that consisted of a piece of driftwood found on Mollymook Beach. I attached a surf board fin (also found on Mollymook Beach). The wood was varnished and I arranged (with an exclusive Canberra Jeweller) for a bronze plaque with engraved words, The Octopus’s Garden Award – Mollymook Ocean ‘Swimmer of the Year’, to be attached to the side of the coveted trophy.”

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers, Nov. 2019 e-news

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THE GOOD NEWS:   November 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swimmers update.

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News items:

Ocean swim times adjusted: Advised by the silent respected majority that Sunday swims will commence at 7.00 am. 

Web siteMollymook Ocean Swimmers‘ has been updated with the above time for the benefit of out of town swimmers.

Ocean Swimming Book: Advised by the printer that our books are finished and are being packed this week for pick up in Melbourne the following week.

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Book – Story of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Wrap around, glossy hard cover A4 portrait coffee table book 

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Almost there! The printer has advised that the books look fabulous and will be available for pick up Monday December 9, 2019.

Mike Gaffney is arranging the book launch to take place during the following two weeks.

Thanks to all swimmers for your patience and encouragement. Have received some lovely comments from those who have seen the recent draft book contents. I will bring a draft book down to the ‘Beach Hut’ cafe over the next few days (after our morning swim) for all to get a glimpse of its contents.

I’m grateful to the approx. 50 past and present swimmers who have contributed with photos and information during its development, in particular those who have been intimately involved in getting the book to where it is today. 

COST: $45 per book for a 200-page hard copy coffee table book.

You would pay approximately this amount in a book store for a similar book. It is a not for profit exercise. The price is based on artwork / graphic design and printing costs that totalled $9,390 for the 200 books.  

Number of copies: Please text me on 0425254167 or email to advise if you would like a copy/ies. I’m expecting it to be a once off print.

 

Melissa into the NSW Finals for Miss World

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Melissa selected in the top 15 in judging on the weekend at Darling Harbour

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Breaking News:

Just got word from proud parents John and Tracy Holt that their daughter Melissa (r/h side in pic) was successful in the preliminary judging at Darling Harbour at the weekend out of 27 applicants. She is now one of 15 who move into the NSW finals to select who represents NSW at a National level for ultimate selection of Miss Australia in the 2020 Miss World titles.

For more information on Melissa’s entry and the charity she will be representing, ‘Variety Australia’, click on this link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mollymook entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt, Mollymook’s entrant in the Miss World – Australia Contest 2020

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Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant.

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Melissa is the daughter of Mollymook Ocean swimmer John Holt and wife Tracy. Melissa has been selected to compete in the Miss World Preliminary Final 2020.

As a part of this journey she will be fundraising for the charity ‘Variety Australia’. Since 1975 ‘Variety Australia’ has been helping the kids who miss out in life due to disability, chronic illness or disadvantage. Variety’s incredible community of supporters have changed the lives of thousands of Aussie kids, giving them what they need to join in life with everyone else.

Inspired by the work of ‘Variety Australia’, Melissa is seeking your support. She writes “Please help me, help them by giving a donation. The more people that know about ‘Variety Australia’, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word with your friends and family. Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your support”.

For more information, click on the link: Melissa Holt – Miss World Australia 2020 entrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News, Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

The Travel Adventures of Walkabout Claire

The Adventures of Walkabout Claire along the East Coast of Australia

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Claire’s Walkabout story thus far …..

Claire’s travel update to the swimmers: “Upon leaving Mollymook, I met my girl friend in Sydney where we started our road trip up north.

A bit north of Sydney we stayed for a couple of days at a kangaroo rescue farm, where the owner of the farm takes care of little orphaned joeys and lets them free again once they have recovered. We helped him feed the joeys and to look after them. That was an amazing experience. 

We travelled further north and visited a lot of beautiful places like Yamba, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach and a lot more. We did a lot of walks and hikes in National Parks and explored the inland too. I loved the National park at Noosa.

On the move again, I really enjoyed Fraser Island, where we stayed a couple of days and went swimming in Lake McKenzie, Champagne Pools and saw Dingoes. After Fraser Island we continued our trip up north and stayed in Bundaberg, Agnes Water, 1770 and a lot more places. I’ve seen so many beautiful places in the last few weeks and met so many wonderful people.

About two weeks ago we did a sailing trip to the Whitsundays for more than a week. We often went snorkelling, swimming, hiking and even climbed up the Lookout at Whitehaven Beach. Australia is so beautiful, in so many ways!

From Airlie Beach we drove to Townsville and did a trip to Magnetic Island. There I saw a lot of Koalas!

A couple of days ago we arrived in Cairns, it is so hot here! In the next few days I would like to do a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef and then we want to explore Cairns hinterland and all the national parks and walks.

Then our next big stop will probably be Port Douglas. I’m having a wonderful time here but I miss you all back in Mollymook!

How are you all? How is the swimming going and how is it in Mollymook?

I’m not sure yet when I’m going to be back in Mollymook but I’ll let you know as soon as I know. I hope you are all well!  Please pass my greetings on to all the swimmers!” Claire