Cronulla Rainbow Club receives Polar Bear support

Winter raffles: The Cronulla Rainbow Clubs John Taplin (L) with Alex and Michael are presented with a cheque from the Polar Bears Dennis Ford and John Suann.
Winter raffles: The Cronulla Rainbow Clubs John Taplin (L) with Alex and Michael are presented with a cheque from the Polar Bears Dennis Ford and John Suann.

They may survive on a diet of potatoes, chilli and beer and have swum in the ocean rock pool at Cronulla every Sunday in winter since 1953 but the Cronulla Polar Bears also have a generous side.

Members Dennis Ford and John Suann sell raffle tickets each Sunday back at the Cronulla Polar Bear clubhouse, with the proceeds donated to a charity.

This year $1000 was presented to The Rainbow Club Australia , who's twenty-two clubs in NSW provide swimming lessons for children with a disability (from ages 3 - 18 years).

The Rainbow Club was founded by Sutherland Shire Head Lifeguard Ron Siddonsin 1969, and as the Cronulla Rainbow Club grew, others came to hear of it and established local Rainbow Clubs in their areas.

Cronulla's John Taplin's son Michael has Down Syndrome and he and his mate Alex both learnt to swim at the Cronulla Rainbow Club, and the Polar Bears said they were honoured to be able to support such a fantastic organisation.