Plouf 2014 Draws to a fantastic conclusion for Autisme en Yvelines

In a simple ceremony, a cheque for the balance of the 14.000€ raised by LCYH as a result of Plouf’14, was handed over by Daniel Blondel , on behalf of the Club, to Marie-Thérèse Coutrot, Directress of the IME at Carrière s/s Poissy this afternoon.


A short meeting ensued when Ay confirmed their desire and excitement to be the majority partner in Plouf’15 but purely a figurehead in the drive for charity funds for autism during Défi78. A schedule of fund-raising visits to companies in Les Yvelines will be arranged in which Sophie Castro, the English-speaking Chef de Service of Ay, will participate.

Plouf 2014 Closing Ceremony at Hotel de Ville du Pecq a great success!

The Plouf 2014 project came to its official end on 15th December when we were able to congratulate the winners and confirm to the charity Autisme en Yvelines  that we beat all our targets and raised over €12,000 in donations.DSC_3342--20141111-WBPlouf 2014 has indeed been a great success in 2014, with 32 teams of local people giving an hour of their time to swim as many lengths as possible to raise funds for charity.

250 participants between the ages of 7 and 77 raised donations from friends and family and then swam as far and fast as they could to help Autism en Yvelines.

There wDSC_3757--20141111-WBere teams of students from the Lycée International, parents groups, swimming clubs and families where three generations swam together to help the cause of Autism.


_DSC2890-20141215-15x10At the closing ceremony Monsieur PLOUVIER the deputy Mayor and responsible for Young and sports made a short speech and handed out trophies to the winners.

The Plouf 2014 event was only made possible with the support of many individuals that gave up their time and energy to coordinate and orgaise the event. A special thanks to Patrick Bigant, Pool Manager for opening the pool on a public holiday and being with us through out the day to help with every need.

A trophy for the most money raised by a team went to Alain Cavadini who’s team “St Germain” raised €1264.

_DSC2886-20141215-WBPauline Grieb received the trophy prize for Claude’s swimmers who swam the most lengths (196 in 55 minutes).

DSC_3905--20141111-WBJean Marc Monguillet the President of AY and Michel Cirasse the Treasurer attended the ceremony and made a moving speech about the positive impact that this funding will have on the Autistic children and support.

DSC_4214-20141215-WBCongratulations to Roli Oserbaje 7 the youngest swimmer who shared her enthusiasm for swimming and received a teddy bear and trophy.




Also, the special Lions award to Dilys Barré a grandmother, retired teacher and active musician who threw off her years to swim in Plouf.DSC_3482--20141111-WB

Please put the date in your diary now and join us on November 11th 2105 for the Plouf 2015 event.

Plouf 2014 – Teams

Plouf 2014 – A fun filled day  with swimmers competitiveness growing as the hours past.

Click on an image to begin the slideshow, then click on the ‘i’ in the bottom left corner will show team names and number of laps completed.

We have tried to accurately match the teams to the images. If you find an error please send us an email with the correct team name.

Brussels Heraldic Hit Squad Descends on Plouf in Paris

Our friendly Brussels Heraldic Plouf Parents and Partners in Brussels provide a recount of their experience of our Plouf 2014 held yesterday at Le Pecq. It reads…..



Ever ready to lend a helping hand to our daughter club Yvelines Heraldic, a Heraldic team (and a Scottish canine of unpronounceable heritage) hit the road south during the Remembrance day long weekend.

Dirk, Vee, Ian, Terry, wife Monique and Hamish took part in the second Lions Club Yvelines Heraldic Swimarathon Plouf in a memorable effort that helped Yveline Heraldic break through the € 10,000 barrier, a 150 percent increase from the previous year.

The hardened Splash pros helped get the show rolling early morning  (not too early) November 11, putting up tents, banners, manning (womaning)  the in-desk, actually swimming with a Nigerian family and then snoozing off doing some lane counting.

All in all a super day where you could feel the energy from all participants. Says Yvelines Founder Bob Bell, “Again many thanks to all for the effort and contribution.  As always it was pleasure to see you”.  Adds our Heraldic member Ian, “ This is the kind of event that brings us all together, makes us again proud to be part of the Lions International team.”  “Woof” barks Hamish, glad that’s over for another year! Still, November 11 was a day to remember.


Photo: Ian, Bob Bell (looking not bad for his age), Monique and Terry snapped by a ravishing Aussie lady, Wendy. Tired, but happy and proud to be Lions. (Early return for Lions Dirk and Vee, absent but not forgotten).