Take plunge nude to support charity

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | March 7th, 2018

DECIDING to bare it all for charity as he strips off for a dip in The Sydney Skinny, incredible Canterbury Dad Marino Vasilou is taking the plunge as part of the Charlie Teo Foundation wave in honour of his daughter who passed away from brain cancer.
"Sadly our six-year-old Alegra lost her battle with brain cancer on October 7 just 10 months after her diagnosis," he explained.
"She was a beautiful, courageous little girl loved by everyone. Professor Teo operated on her in December 2016. From the moment we met him and his team, we knew they would stand by us and Alegra in her fight, and that they did.
"Even now through the Charlie Teo Foundation, the continued love and support given to us makes us feel grateful for them.
"Unfortunately we have been forced into a world we wish we didn't need to know anything about and in saying so, we know that enough hasn't been said or done in regards to brain cancer and the warriors that fight it every day."
Marino says it will be liberating to do the swim.
"I've never swum naked (in public anyway) before and I know my girl Alegra will be watching me in absolute stitches laughing away," he said.
Taking place on March 11, 8am-3pm, The Sydney Skinny swim is a short 300 or 900m swim around a diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters of Middle Head – Sydney Harbour National Park.
Marino and his wife, Sue-Ellan, are encouraging donations in memory of their beautiful little girl who is now looking down on her family.
"The best way to donate is contact The Charlie Teo Foundation directly on info@charlieteofoundation.org.au and reference our angel Alegra," he said.
"I encourage everyone to take part if they can. It's for an amazing cause, obviously very close to my heart and stripping down naked to swim is nothing in comparison to what people struggle with in their lives everyday."
The event is a private, fully ticketed event and spectators are not permitted on the beach; cost to participate, $45. More info at thesydneyskinny.com.au

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 135199 | Viewcount: 4188