Australians have been suffering a mid-summer heatwave. Parts of Western Australia has been weltering in?
LV iceberg being thrown into swimming pool
LV men pouring ice into swimming pool
SV man in tee-shirt is encouraged to dive into swimming pool
SV ZOOM INTO CU reporter inter-viewing organiser
SV man dressed in raincoat and holding umbrella standing waist deep in swimming pool
SCU ZOOM INTO CU Revellers pouring whisky and splashing water in pool (TWO SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU woman sitting on block of ice to cool off
CU Organiser talking to reporter ZOOM OUT TO GV of pool
MOLESWORTH: "Ron, how did this come about?"
ORGANISER: "Well, my friend Brian and I were sitting round home, at my place round the pool, and we decided it was a little bit hot. Brian was going to make some icebergs in his big chillers which he's got, we decided we'd do something a bit bigger. We asked around. The response was so fantastic that we decided to chase some sponsors. And we got a lot of good sponsors to help us. People have helped all the way through. They've sponsored for the Spastics Association, which is one we've adopted this year to raise the funds for. And its a bit of a giggle because Darwiners like something different, and instead of having a cyclone this year we decided we'd have a bit of an iceberg, you know."
MOLESWORTH: "How much ice have you got in the pool?"
ORGANISER: "There were sixteen tons (16,000 kilos) when we stated, but I'd imagine at this stage we're battling to get half a tone (508 kilos). It's been in for about an hour and a quarter, I think."
MOLESWORTH: "How cold is it in there?"
ORGANISER: "I'd say freezing. It's down pretty well for our standards. I dare say in southern standards it wouldn't be as cold as it could be. I'd say it's be down to around about forty-four, five fahrenheit (7 degrees centigrade)."
MOLESWORTH:"Is this the first of many such interests."
ORGANISER: "Yes, definitely. We plan to do it on an annual basis, and each year we'll adopt a different association to raise funds for and assist in that manner for charity. But more to just have an annual thing in Darwin to make life a bit more interesting here in the top end."
REPORTER: DAVID MOLESWORTH
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Background: Australians have been suffering a mid-summer heatwave. Parts of Western Australia has been weltering in record temperatures which have reached fifty-two degrees centigrade (125 degrees fahrenheit). In Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, residents have found a new way to keep cool.
SYNOPSIS: The decided to bring down the temperature in a local swimming pool with a little ice - sixteen tons (16,000 kilos) to be exact. It was a spur of the moment plan which snowballed when the organisers decided to turn it into a fund-raising event for charity. Darwiners took the opportunity to hold an impromptu party, though some had to be given gentle persuasion to take the plunge. David Molesworth of the ABC spoke to one of the organisers.