On 23 April 2013, South African musician and veteran marathon swimmer Carina Bruwer returned to the ocean after a 6-year break, rounding Cape Point in extreme conditions to raise funds and awareness for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a local charity that supports children with cancer and their families. Carina, mother of two and the lead player of the multiple award-winning group Sterling EQ, raised R17,450 through the swim, which also generated extensive and valuable coverage for child cancer and LFCT. The money raised went towards LFCT’s Bags for Hope project, through which they distribute bags filled with essential provisions to cancer children and their mothers at hospitals in the main Pediatric Oncology treatment centers in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
Carina and LFCT are once again planning the Swim for Hope, which will hopefully become an annual event. In 2014, we would like to invite fellow long distance swimmers to join Carina for this spectacular 8km ocean swim which stretches from Diaz Beach on the western side of Cape Point, to Buffels Bay on the Eastern side, and takes swimmers through the point where the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet.
Space is limited and only experienced swimmers should join in this attempt. Once we have our quota of swimmers confirmed, we will set a standby period, and wait for optimal conditions.
Swimmers will be expected to make a donation of at least R1500 to LFCT, which excludes the cost for their own boat and Cape Long Distance Association’s (CLDSA’s) application fee (R450 plus R100 if you are not yet registered. This includes an official medal if you complete the swim). You will also be requested to use your networks and social media to elicit donations and sponsorship, in order for us to reach our goal of raising at least R50,000 for LFCT.
Although Swim For Hope is not a race, there will be official time keeping and each successful swim will be entered into the CLDSA’s records, and medals will be awarded at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony which takes place in September.
Please join us in the spirit of giving, while at the same time enjoying one of the most spectacular open water swimming experiences in the world!