Narellan Vale couple bare all in charity swim

Two locals are baring all, jumping into their birthday suits and getting a little bit cheeky all for a good cause.

Steve and Jo Kenny will get their kits off and have a crack at a 900 metre ocean swim.

The Narellan Vale couple will raise funds for the Charlie Teo Foundation’s brain cancer research and swim in the Sydney Skinny on March 11.

This is the second year the couple will participate in the nude ocean swim.

Last year Mr Kenny saw Mr Teo on television promoting the swim and called his wife to say “we are doing this”.

“Jo thought I was joking but when she realised I was serious she said ‘ok, let’s do it’,” Mr Kenny said.

“I talked to friend who said brain cancer research was close to her heart because her child’s classmate, Lucy McCallum had an aggressive brain tumour.

“Lucy’s family was struggling to pay for the car park costs at the hospital so we wanted to raise money through the swim.”

The Kenny’s raised $12,000 for Lucy and her family but unfortunately Lucy died shortly after the swim.

“This year we are going to swim in honour of Lucy’s memory and raise money for brain cancer research,” he said.

Mr Kenny said last year he felt a mix of nerves and excitement before taking off his clothes for the swim.

“When waiting to start, we were mingling with others,” he said.

“When we got down to the water, we took our clothes off.

“It was a really positive and friendly atmosphere.

“There was an amazing mix of men and women of all ages.

“If the idea makes your heart skip a beat then you should sign up to do the swim.”

Mr Kenny said “nobody looked you up and down” but it was “pretty hard for naked people not to catch your eye”.

The couple have started training for this year’s swim as they did last year.

He joked that he should have done more sit ups in preparation but he and his wife were not self conscious about their bodies because they had played sport most of their lives. 

“There were people who weren’t athletic or who were trying to overcome body issues,” Mr Kenny said.

“The swim helps you to overcome self-conscious issues.”

Mr Kenny said he felt liberated after the swim last year and wanted to have that feeling again this year.

“The swim was exhilarating and when we came out of the water we felt on top of the world,” he said.

“I felt more confident and because I’d moved beyond my comfort zone.

“We had overcome our own fears and anxiety. It was liberating.”

Mr Kenny said he couldn’t imagine doing just a normal charity swim because it would feel too ho-hum after the nude swim experience.

He said the location for the swim, at Cobblers Beach in Sydney Harbour National Park, was beautiful.

Mr Kenny said the swim was a private event, the water was not cold in March and participants got sarongs after they got out of the water.

The Kenny’s have pledged to raise $1000 each for the cause.

Mr Kenny encouraged locals to donate to the cause because more funding for research could help save the life of other children like Lucy.

“It has been hard to watch Lucy’s family suffer and no child should have to die from brain cancer so the more funding for research will help,” he said.

For more information, visit: www.thesydneyskinny.com.au

To donate visit: Swim for Lucy Facebook page.

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