Swim for Hope 2016 ~ Swimmer Introductions Part 1

Swim for Hope 2016Today we would like to introduce you to the first 4 swimmers that will make up the Swim for Hope 2016 team

We officially go on standby in little more than a week! We still have some open spots, so if you would like to be considered for a spot on this amazing team, please send an email to info@swimforhope.co.za as soon as possible!

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.


Swim for Hope swimmer


Lindsay de Kock

Known as the “Swimming Granny” (Lindsay has 8 beautiful grandchildren!) among her learners, children and grandchildren alike, Lindsay de Kock has numerous Robben Island crossings to her name, and partakes in just about every open water swimming race in the Western Cape and beyond.

She is a part of the Midmar 8 mile club, and is also fit and ready for the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Half! She is also one of only few South African women to have successfully completed an ice mile.

When she is not in the pool or on the road, Lindsay teaches music at Somerset College and Somerset House.

Swim for Hope 2016 will be Lindsay’s third Swim for Hope, and it is always wonderful to see how much respect the other swimmers have for her. Although Lindsay is not one of the fastest swimmers, she does not know how to quit, and has incredible mind-power and determination. Even after a cold Cape Point swim, Lindsay gets out of the water laughing and joking.

Please join us in welcoming Lindsay de Kock to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Mervyn Bremner

Mervyn BremnerMervyn lives in West Beach, Cape Town and runs a BP Service Station in Kuils River.

He started Open Water Swimming in 1980 and actively participated in many sporting disciplines.

He has swam the Midmar Mile for 37 Consecutive years and completed 130 official Midmar Miles , completed 1 Robben Island Crossing as well as numerous other Open Water Races. He has also competed in Ice Swims.

Every year he swims all 8 Events at the Midmar Mile as part of the 8 Mile Club raising funds for Charity.

Mervyn has also completed 11 Comrades Marathons , 12 Dusi Canoe Marathons and 2 Iron Man Triathalons, achieving a Silver in each.

Mervyn has a Daughter , Samantha.

Swim for Hope 2016 will be Mervyn’s first Swim for Hope and his first Cape Point rounding, but we trust it will not be his last, as the Cape Point rounding can become a rather addictive swim!

Please join us in welcoming Mervyn Bremner to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Richard Child

Richard ChildWith an English Channel crossing as well as a number of Robben Island swims to his name, 60-odd year-old Richard Child is no stranger to the sport of open water swimming.

This engineer who loves philosophy, arguing, and red wine, has been running his own manufacturing company making railway brakes for 28 years, and has no intention to retire from Johannesburg.

Married to Val with 4 kids, 2 grand-kids and a stupid but lovable Labrador, Oscar.

Swim for Hope 2016 will be Richard’s 3rd Swim For Hope,‬ and with his great sense of humour and his dedication to the event and to our Charity, even outside of Swim for Hope, we look forward to welcoming him back to Cape Point!

Please join us in welcoming Richard Child to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!


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Samantha Whelpton

samantha whelptonI swim therefore I am

Swimming has always been part of my life. I practically grew up next to pools and have always felt at home in the water. I only started competitive swimming in high school and open water swimming was reserved for the odd dam swim on weekends in and around Gauteng.

When my husband and I moved to Cape Town in 2014 I was introduced to cold water swimming at the First Sunday of the Month Swim (1SOMS) and immediately fell in love with it.

I have an Adventurous spirit and I am constantly challenging myself. I dream of swimming the English channel. I am also part of the Wingman Multisport club in Cape Town and I have completed 3 Ironman 70.3 events in the last two years. I hope to do full Ironman in 2017.

I did my first Freedom swim in April 2015 and my first official Robben Island crossing in December 2015. I’ve also completed the Lighthouse to Big bay Swim, Around the Rocks swim, Heritage day swim, Ice swim 2015, Youth day swim and the New year’s swim.

In October 2015 I joined the Mad Swimmer group in crossing the Swahili Channel. We swam from Zanzibar to Tanzania covering the 32km distance in 9 hours, all in the name of raising funds for a Tanzanian children’s charity.

I have an Honours degree in Kinderkinetics from the University of Potchefstroom and I am currently working as a Tutor at SNAP Academy, a school for children with Autism spectrum disorder. I’m passionate about working with children and helping them reach their full potential.

I am very excited to be part of the Swim for Hope team of 2016.”

Please join us in welcoming Samantha Whelpton to this year’s Swim for Hope Team!




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


ALL funds raised will go to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s


Hope in a BagA 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 Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports Children with Cancer and their Families.

In cases where there is no family support structure, such as in oncology wards in Children’s Homes and Places of Safety, we are often the only line of support which these young Cancer Fighters have.

Our approach to support is holistic – we do not just look at practical and financial support, but also concentrate hugely on emotional support, providing relief where needed in and out of hospital.

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.

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.



You can make donations to the Swim for Hope effort by donating directly via any of the following methods.


Banking Details

goldribbonACCOUNT NAME: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH: Paarl Mall
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62277783249

Please email your proof of payment and personal message to lfct@littlefighters.org.za and if needed, request your Section 18A ta benefit and B-BEEE score documentation.

Please mark all EFT donations with “Swim for Hope”





Corporates as well as members of the public are encouraged to sponsor and donate, via “BackaBuddy”.

Corporate sponsors can contact Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or mandie@littlefighters.org.za for organisational information such as taxation and BEE benefits, as the organisation is a registered NPO with PBO status.

PLEASE HONOUR OUR AMAZINGLY BRAVE SWIMMERS BY SUPPORTING SWIM FOR HOPE! Each donation is worth gold. Feel free to include a special message to your swimmer(s) and/or LFCT.



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



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.



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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