Swim for Hope 2016 ~ Applications Now OPEN!

swimfor hope 2016Yes Folks, it is that time of the year again!

We are extremely excited to advise you that Swim for Hope 2016 applications are now OPEN!

Swim For Hope around the Cape of Good Hope is an exclusive group swim attempt around Cape Point, to raise funds for 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 caregiver, 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.

Carina Bruwer~Pugliese from the SAMA award-winning group Sterling EQ, who is also a Veteran Marathon Swimmer and active LFCT Supporter and Advocate, initiated Swim For Hope with a solo rounding in 2013, and decided to turn it into an invitational in order to increase fundraising potential.

Since then there have been two group swims, with fourteen swimmers participating in both the 2014 and 2015 Group Swims. This is a GRUELLING swim in which swimmers brave the icy cold waters, sharks, tides, weather conditions and bluebottles while rounding the iconic and breathtaking Cape Point; it takes guts and experience and a LOT of “don’t give up” attitude, which is why we have nothing but the highest respect for all our Swim for Hope participants.

This spectacular 8km ocean swim 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.

Swim for Hope is classified by the Cape Long Distance Association (CLDSA) as an “Expert Level swim” and is recommended for experienced open water swimmers only. CLDSA officiates over the swim.

The swim is undertaken according to CLDSA’s rules:

  • Swimmers shall not be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind
  • Swimmers are permitted to grease themselves
  • Participants may wear goggles and one cap
  • Participants may wear one swimming costume which is Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type briefs for men and a Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type costume
  • Swimmers may not wear wetsuits or body suits
  • Participants must start and finish on land
  • No physical contact with the swimmer shall be made by any person during the swim, and the swimmer may not touch the boat
  • The minimum age for an official CLDSA swim is 12 years old on the day of the swim. Parental/Guardian approval is required for all swimmers under the age of 18 years on the day of the swim. (No minors will be considered for Swim for Hope)
  • The decision of the CLDSA Observer shall be binding



Join BigBayEvents and Swim for Hope in an epic 8km Cape Point Extreme Open Water Swim to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, to enable us to offer even more Support to Children with Cancer and their Families.

This year, the entry fee of R5,000 includes:

• R2,000 Entry Donation by the Swimmer to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
• R2,500 Support Boat and Boatman (arranged for you, all costs included)
• SANPARKS permit and entry fees (SANParks will not accept Green, Wild or Activity Cards to cover entry to the Park for participation of any event)

The minimum requirement for taking part in Swim for Hope 2016, is having successfully done at least one Robben Island Crossing.

Swim for Hope 2016 will go on standby on March 12th, and Big Bay Events will make the final, 24 hour call on safe swimming conditions for the very first day possible after March 12th.

Swim for Hope 2016 could take place on either a weekday, or over a weekend ~ we would like (conditions dependent) to swim before the Easter Weekend, but either way, the race will NOT be called over the following days:

• 25-28 March (Easter Weekend and Two Oceans Race)
• Freedom Swim, 02 April



Due to the nature of the swim, we could be on standby for an extended period of time. If your personal schedule does not allow for you to take part in the Swim for Hope Group Swim on the called day, you will hold a credit for a support boat and crew with Big Bay Events, and can arrange for a smaller Group Swim or Solo Cape Point Swim at a time which is suitable to all parties.

In the case of your organising your own boat and support crew, please liaise with Big Bay Events after your application has been confirmed, as Swim for Hope offers boatmen a flat rate due to the charity nature of the event, and will arrange the payment of the flat rate fee with your preferred boatman, including them in the event.

Any boatsmen who would like to donate their fee to the Cause will be paid, and can then donate directly to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, should they so wish.

In the case of preferred support boat sharing or swimmer pairing, a percentile credit can be held for you, or a percentile refund offered if you do not want to donate the difference to the charity. Only larger, and in essence, more costly boats will be allocated to paired swimmers, so please note, a full refund of paid boat fees will not apply.

Please email info@swimforhope.co.za for an application form.




Payment to be done only once swimmer’s applications has been approved by Event Management.

Once your application has been confirmed by email, feel free to contact:

Derrick Frazer (derrick@bigbayevents.co.za) for swim related queries or

Mandie Erasmus (info@swimforhope.co.za ) should you have any questions pertaining to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust or your tax benefits concerning your entry fee.


Swim for Hope swimmer


We have already received great feedback from swimmers as well as the media, and due to the nature of a Cape Point swim, we have limited #SwimForHope2016 entries available, so get your entry in early!

Please email  info@swimforhope for an application form and be a part of the greatest extreme swim along the South Africa coast, and and arguably, the World, and make a difference in the lives of Children who Fight Cancer!

We have an AWESOME Team on board this year: BigBayEvents, Comply360, NCC Environmental Services, TYR South Africa


About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit Childhood Cancer support organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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