Swimathon raises $20,000 for hospice
THE community has once again thrown its support behind the annual Harper James Hockings Swimathon.
The event is held annually in honour of Harper Hockings, who tragically drowned in a backyard swimming pool accident in 2008.
His father Josh Harper said, aside from raising much-needed funds for counselling services at Ipswich Hospice Care, the event also served as an important reminder about water safety.
"Hospice was so good to us and they do so much for other families in need," he said.
"It's always an emotional day but it's really encouraging to see so many people get behind it."
Mr Hockings said this year the event raised about $20,000.