The AMP Foundation will significantly boost the fundraising efforts of the 10th annual Tweed River Swim in Murwillumbah which is raising money for the Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club.

Local AMP Financial Planner Andrew Chubb, of Bilambil Heights, said the AMP Foundation would dollar match 50 per cent of funds raised, up to $10,000, from the event to be held on Sunday November 28.

“The AMP Foundation’s donation will go to the Fingal Rovers Surf Lifesaving Club which has been providing a vital community service for almost 80 years, helping keep our beaches safe every summer,” Mr Chubb said. 

“Last year the volunteer organisation performed 37 rescues in the local area which is the largest number of any club in the Tweed.

“The money raised by this year’s event will go towards the much-needed renovation of the clubhouse.”

There will be three events in the Tweed River Swim Classic, including a 400m time trial race which kicks off at 7.00am, followed by 1.2km and 2.6km races, which both begin at the completion of the 400m swim.

Race categories include the juniors, open, veteran, men and women, and all events start at the Murwillumbah Rowing Club in Tumbulgum Road.

Mr Chubb said approximately 120 – 150 people were expected to take part in the fundraiser and urged locals to come down and have a swim to help make the 10th anniversary swim the biggest ever.

The organisers of the event, the Brass Monkeys Swimming Club, are hoping to raise approximately $10,000.

Since 1998, the AMP Foundation has given $49 million to non-profit organisations across Australia.

In February 2002, the AMP Foundation launched its Community Fundraising Program where AMP Financial Planners identify a fundraising opportunity for a charity in their local area or town.

The Foundation matches 50 per cent of the money raised up to $10,000. Since the program’s launch, AMP financial planners have been involved in events that have raised more than $28 million for local Australian charities.

“AMP is in the business of creating better futures – mainly through wealth management. The AMP match-giving program was developed to respond to genuine community need and to make a real difference,” Mr Chubb said.