Carolyn McIlvin

Autumn Ocean Swim 1km 2021

Autumn Swim event

It was a chilly 13 degrees but the water was warmer at 19C. The sun was shining and the water quality better than expected. Managed the entire swim without stopping. First time ever!!!
A bonus was once I turned past the furthest can....every breath to the right side was met with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Awesome group of CanTooers doing their thing and raising funds for Cancer research. Thank you to all my sponsors and if anyone still wants to throw a few dollars towards my fundraising just click the link below ... thank you.!

I'm back!

Over the last 6 years I have participated in 5 CanToo programmes. Without a doubt CanToo has changed my life. I went from being a non swimming toe dipper to an ocean swimmer. I'm still fearful of big waves, but now regularly swim 800m-1km in the ocean marvelling at the wonderful array of sea life including cuttlefish, dusky whalers, Port Jackson sharks and millions of beautiful fish!
The injection of what ocean swimmers call "Vitamin Sea" is tangible! There is a lasting effect from the privilege of getting into the water and enjoying the wonders of the ocean!
Cancer touches our lives in one way or another: friends, family and in my case neighbours and patients too.
CanToo has raised in excess of $23 million dollars for Cancer Research since 2005. 87% of the funds raised by the 17000 participants has gone directly to fund Cancer researchers.
The wonderful balance of keeping fit and healthy, raising much needed funds for Cancer researchers to do their jobs, and in turn making a difference to the lives of so many is not lost on me!

If you feel inclined I would appreciate you donating to my fundraising efforts. Every dollar makes a difference. Since 2015 I have raised over $10k to support CanToo. Click below if you would like to add to this effort. Thank you! #cancer #research


I'm supporting cancer research and prevention with CanToo Foundation.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that potentially someone we love may have to battle cancer, and that’s a statistic that needs to change.

So I asked myself, “what can I do to help?” That’s where the Can Too Foundation came in! For the past 6 years I have been raising funds for the CanToo Foundation.  To date I have raised over $10 000.00 for the foundation and enjoyed a healthier lifestyle by participating in the swim programmes.

The funds I raise go towards innovation in the prevention, care, and control of cancer. Since 2005, Can Too Foundation have trained over 16,000 participants, raised over $22,500,000 to invest in 182 one-year cancer research grants.

It would be fantastic if you could sponsor me, .

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to my Sponsors




Matrix Eyewear

Good luck with the fundraising


Annie Crawford

Good on you Carolyn


Graeme Smith

Go girl. Your training efforts are amazing.


Helen Afams

Such amazing determination and effort taking on another swim Carolyn! Awesome ! Wishing you every success and lots of fun! Happy Birthday x🌊🏊🏼‍♀️


Andrea Tustin

Happy Birthday Special Lady. Go you doing back to back programs! Best of luck for your training and swim event!


Natascha Schaller

Well done. Great achievement 👍🏼


Annie Rawson

Best of Luck with the swim. A great achievement.


Leanne Lansdell

Lucky you know how to deal with floaters! 🤣 Enjoy the swim Carolyn! With love, the Lansdell’s xx