Fifteen swimmers from all walks of life go on standby on the 1st March for one of the most extreme open water swimming challenges in South African waters, in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, a local charity that offers support to children with cancer and their families.
The group will attempt the 8km rounding of Cape Point, stretching from Diaz Beach on the western side of Cape Point with its notoriously turbulent waters, to Buffels Bay on the Eastern side, taking swimmers through the point where the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet.
The swimmers will take on the Cape of Storms wearing only speedo type costumes, goggles and a swim cap. No wetsuits are allowed.
The “2014 Swim For Hope” follows on celebrated South African musician and record-holding marathon swimmer Carina Bruwer’s dramatic solo rounding of Cape Point in April last year, her first open water swim since starting a family in 2007, which saw her battle extreme conditions and left her with severe hypothermia after finishing just 16 minutes shy of her record set in 2004.
Having raised R17,500 for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust last year, Carina announced that Swim For Hope will return in the form of an invitational group swim this year, with fourteen experienced open water swimmers joining her on the “most spectacular open water swimming experiences in the world”. She says: “I’m looking forward to sharing this very special open water experience with fellow swimmers, while swimming as a group as opposed to a soloist will undoubtedly result in an even more significant fundraising effort. We have already raised over R30,000 for Little Fighters since launching 2014’s event and I’m optimistic about exceeding our goal of R100,000.”
All moneys raised will go towards the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s BAG OF HOPE Project. A bag of hope provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside care-giver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay just a bit more comfortable.
LFCT is operational in 11 main paediatric oncology treatment centres throughout South Africa, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.
The swimmers will be on standby to swim from 1 March, and the swim will be called when conditions are most favourable. The waiting period can be anything from a few days to weeks; regular updates will follow.
Members of the public, as well as corporates are invited to follow Swim For Hope’s social media interfaces (Facebook and Twitter) for live updates from the water on the day of the swim and are encouraged to sponsor and donate, using the “BackaBuddy” website (www.backabuddy.co.za).
Corporate sponsors can also contact Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or [email protected] for organizational information such as taxation and BEE benefits, as the organization is a registered NPO with PBO status.