Swimming for charity

Local swimmers Gail Arnell, Sue Robinson, Dave McIlrath and Shirley Carey will take on a 13km open water swim in the aid of raising funds for various charities PHOTO: Richard Springorum

FIVE local swimmers will take on an endurance swim from Tinley Manor to Ballito on 19 May with the goal of raising funds for Thuthukani School, Empangeni SPCA and Kobus van Wyk.

Thanks to Shark Shield Australia, shark shield units have been sponsored to prevent swimmers from becoming shark bait during their 13km swim.

Dave McIlrath, Shirley Carey, Gail Arnell, Wendy Cook and Sue Robinson will join swimmers from Dundee and Durban for the challenge.

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‘While planning a walk through the iSimangaliso Reserve, I also considered raising money through swimming and came up with this idea,’ said Carey.

The event is being run in conjunction with Empangeni Rotary, with the group aiming to raise R30 000.

They train four to five times a week, completing two to three kilometers per session in preparation for the big swim.

‘We hope to complete the distance in five hours and are pleased with our preparations thus far.

‘We would like to make locals aware of what we are doing and want to encourage businesses and locals to jump on board with sponsorship.’

Anyone interested in donating financially towards this initiative can contact Shirley Carey on 082 5725079 or Barbara Robarts on 082 4635870.


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Richard Springorum
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