The YMCA hosts the national YMCA Swimathon on the first Sunday in March each year. Participants swim laps in a fun and social environment and raise funds so that people with disabilities can learn to swim and be safe around water.
All funds raised locally go towards aquatic based programs and services so that everyone in every community has the opportunity to be healthy, happy and connected. In three years the event has raised over $525,000 and supported thousands of Australians, young and old, to enjoy learning to swim and be safe around water. For more information or to register or donate, please go to www.ymcaswimathon.org.au
Each State and Territory also hosts a YMCA Youth Parliament annually. The program is designed to give young people between the ages of 16-25 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives.
Participants receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps, as they research issues that they're passionate about. The program provides a great personal and professional development opportunity, and the Bills they develop are handed to the relevant Ministers, and provide the government with insight into what issues are important to young Australians.
For a week in June every year we celebrate YMCA Week – or as we call it "Y Week" - a week of celebrations about being part of a world wide YMCA Movement timed to coincide with the official founding of the international YMCA by our founder George Williams, in London, on 6th June, 1844.
Contact your local YMCA to find out what they're doing to celebrate Y Week! Contact your local YMCA for details on the various YMCA community events and activities that are held in your community! There are fun runs, trivia nights, swimming events, youth events, and a whole lot more! Find your nearest Y here