Peter Genellos is proof you’re never too old to give back to the community.
The 69-year-old member of the St Marys Rotary Club came fourth in his age /category in the Bridge 2 Bridge Swim hosted by Penrith Swimming Club at the Regatta Centre on Monday.
The Blaxland resident finished the 3km swim in one hour 10 minutes, faster than last year, to raise money for Westmead Children’s Hospital which has already named one its wards the St Marys Rotary Club ward.
He has been competing for 27 years and enjoys doing his part for the community.
‘‘It keeps you healthy, it’s fun and it helps someone,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m capable of doing something so why not this?’’
Mr Genellos enjoys swimming with his grand-daughters Riley and Tegan who often watch him compete.
‘‘They think grandad is crazy to swim every day because that’s how you need to train for these events,’’ he said.
The money Mr Genellos raised on the day will be donated on behalf of St Marys Rotary Club to upgrade the Adolescent Ward of the hospital.
St Marys Rotary Club also hopes to raise $200,000 to provide young patients with a new courtyard, technology and advanced equipment.
To donate email firstname.lastname@example.org or send money to 20 Royce Street Greystanes 2145.