Big Splash results in big cash

THE Border’s new headspace centre has got cash to splash with a whopping $15,000 already in the pool.

It’s the result of last night’s Big Splash fund-raiser at Albury Swim Centre, where more than 90 teams took part in a carnival organised by the Albury Water Polo Club.

The money will go toward Albury-Wodonga’s headspace centre and the Survivors of Suicide support group in memory of teenager Mary Baker, who took her life in 2011.

Water polo president Karin Willcox was rapt with the final tally, saying it had exceeded expectations.

“The community of Albury-Wodonga have shown their commitment to mental health,” she said.

“I think with the support of the community and local businesses, we’ll be here again next year.”

Ms Willcox estimated about 700 people turned up to the event.

Mary’s father, Stuart Baker, said it was a credit to the club.

“It’s an amazing turnout,” he said.

“It’s really wonderful to see all the different parts of the community get together for a good cause.”

Wodonga Council flew to the finish line in the celebrity race, with Albury Council finishing last.

“We had an equipment malfunction!” Albury Mayor Kevin Mack said. “We were robbed.”

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