Community members take part in Kensington Veterans Swim-A-Thon – NBC Connecticut
Posted On July 22, 2021
Community members took a dip in the pool at the Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington on Saturday for a good cause.
Spearheading the second annual Veterans Swim Marathon is Scoop for Troops, an organization founded by Michael Ahern, now 11, and his sister, Kara, 13. All of this in an effort to raise funds to support seriously injured veterans.
Michael said it all started when the family was taking a boat ride on vacation in Maine and found an organization that helped men and women serve.
“We went on the boat to buy ice cream at Lakeside Scoop and the Travis Mills Foundation is a lake down there and we wanted the kids to have some too, so I started fundraising,” Michael said. .
The Travis Mills Foundation said it supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help overcome physical and emotional barriers.
In 2019, through multiple events and donations, Scoop for Troops raised over $ 31,000 for the foundation and for this swim marathon they hope to do the same. “Every swimmer has pledged to do 100 laps and then they fundraise for it,” Kara said.
The swim marathon has already raised $ 5,000 and swimmers like Mason Zottola, 16, are supporting it. “I know I would like to help if I was injured, so I’m happy to help other people,” Zottola said.
But in the end, it all comes down to doing some good for the veterans.
“I grew up knowing that they did a lot for our country and I never realized the ultimate sacrifice they made. Once I understood that, I really wanted to do something,” he said. added Michael.