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BCC Foundation's Finn Swiim raises nearly $8,000

Source Date: April 4, 2012

Bladen Community College Foundation's Finn Swiim fundraiser culminated Saturday evening with a rousing celebration at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness, Inc. After all donations were tabulated, the event had raised nearly $8,000.

The idea for Finn Swiim arose last October when Bladen Community College Human Resources Director Tiina Mundy proposed it to Foundation Specialist Linda Burney as a way to raise funds for the Foundation. Mundy proposed that she attempt a virtual swim equivalent to the distance down the Florida Keys 100 miles as a celebration of her 50th birthday. She offered to use the occasion as a way of raising funds for the Foundation

After working out the details with Burney, Mundy issued a challenge calling for donations of varying amounts per mile to go to the Foundation. She established a goal of $5,000. The name Finn Swiim was chosen because Mundy is of Finnish extraction therefore she's a Finn and the two "i's" in Swiim comes from the fact that her first name "Tiina" is a Finnish spelling which has two "i's."

Mundy began swimming almost daily at Healthworks and the pledges began coming. By the time she had swum the last lap on Saturday, the total was approaching $8,000 with more expected to come in after the end of the fundraiser.

Saturday night's celebration featured decorations that gave Healthworks the feel of a Caribbean island. Shoots of bamboo served as a backdrop around the fitness center and miniature key lime pies along with an array of fruit was among the foods served.

When Mundy entered the pool to complete her challenge, a crowd of well wishers crowded the pool's edge to cheer her on. As she came out of the pool for the final time after the nearly six month journey that found her at the pool in the wee hours of the morning almost every day, a loud cheer rang up from the group. She had held up her end of the bargain.

Burney says she is very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a selfless undertaking. She complimented Mundy on her achievement and willingness to take on such a challenge, understanding the level of dedication it would take to complete it.

Mundy said she is grateful to have had an opportunity to contribute to the important work of the Foundation. She spoke of something that occurred at the celebration that moved her and further convinced her of how important the work of the Foundation is to the college.

"One of our (Bladen Community College) Ambassadors came up to me and told me that she could not have gone to college this semester without the scholarship she received from the Foundation," said Mundy. "That made it all (the demands of the Finn Swiim Challenge) worthwhile."