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'A small town can help you out in so many big ways' Digby teen hosts swimathon fundraiser for trip to Kenya

Olivia Walker swam 100 lengths of the Digby Pool in support of her fundraiser for a trip to Kenya.
Olivia Walker swam 100 lengths of the Digby Pool in support of her fundraiser for a trip to Kenya. - Amanda Doucette

Olivia Walker is trying to raise money for a trip to Kenya with her school.

She wanted to think of a fundraiser that she’d be good at. That’s when she decided to incorporate her passion for swimming with her fundraising initiative.  

Walker has been swimming since she was little. She started training to be a life guard when she was 12 and now she’s working as a lifeguard at the Digby Pool.

“I love swimming, I’ve always been a fish,” she said.

The Digby Regional High School student, along with a group of eight other students at DRHS are planning to travel to Kenya next March Break as part of the Me To We program.

“It’s going to be such an amazing experience,” she said.

Students will get assigned a task when they get to Kenya. It will be either assisting with a safe water program or building a school.

Walker decided to go door to door explaining her situation and asking the community for help.

For every $10 she raised, she vowed to swim a length of the Digby Pool.

$1000 later, Walker was ready to swim 100 lengths of the pool.

Olivia Walker diving into the pool.
Olivia Walker diving into the pool.

The teen predicted she could finish the lengths in an hour and a half, but it only took her an hour and two minutes.

“I wanted to do something to show everyone who has made donations to me, that I’m so grateful for their help.”

Walker has been getting help from many locals and local businesses for her trip. Every week she picks up bottles from Recardo’s, Captain’s Cabin, House of Wong, Walk by the Bay, Crow’s Nest and Wagners store.

“A small town can help you out in so many big ways,” she said.

Walker would like to thank the many people in the area who have helped her in her fundraising journey so far. She admits this trip would not be possible without the help of her supporters.

“I’m very proud to be from Digby, it’s such an inspiring community.”
She hasn’t reached her fundraising goal yet, so Walker and the other youth involved in the trip will be hosting different fundraisers until they all reach their goals.

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