Tomorrow is Swim for Hope Day! The crew and the swimmers will be up bright and early and ready to face a long day (which begins at about 4-30 am) and a fierce swim around Cape Point in freezing water that is between 12.5 and 16 degrees Celsius, which for those who don’t know, IS COLD, but in what we hope will be good sea conditions and not too windy.
I am extremely excited as I will be joining the team for the first time this year (no, not as a swimmer, but as an observer/helping hand/nogschlepper) so will be able to get a first-hand experience of the harsh sea conditions and the determination-in-action from our brave swimmers, which I will share with you in a post on Monday.
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.
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. Carina will not be taking part in Swim for Hope 2016 as she is expecting a bambino.
Since then there have been two group swims, with fourteen swimmers participating in each of the 2014 and 2015 Group Swims. See more about the previous swims HERE and HERE.
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.
We would like to introduce you to the final entrants in Swim for Hope 2016, and would also just like to just mention, by the way, that the age difference between our youngest and…..most mature… Swim for Hope 2016 Team Members is an impressive 52 years!
Derrick Frazer age 54 and counting, got involved in open water swimming to provide boat support to the swimming community and decided to swim Robben Island because he got tired of being asked “When are you going to swim Robben Island”
This year Derrick is taking on the wild, chilly seas of the Cape Point swim to fundraise for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and we wish him everything of the best!
Please join us in welcoming Derrick to the Swim for Hope 2016 team!
Heinrich is a born and bred Boland boytjie who grew up in Wellington. He swam in Paarl with coaches Thea Grindley and George Cilliers. Always having loved swimming and being in the water he studied at UCT, between surfing and swimming there was not a day he was not in the water.
Open water swimming only started happening later. Some of the guys swimming with him in Gary Freeling’s Cape Dolphin Masters squad did a Robben Island crossing. They came back with a sparkle in their eyes and he immediately thought ‘I want some of that!’
And so it began…
Since then he has managed to do a handful of Robben Island crossings, mostly lucky enough to combine it with fundraising (generally for specific individuals in need at the time)
Swimming around Cape Point has been a dream since childhood, joining his dad and his friends on diving trips to Millers Point, so he is stoked to have the opportunity to do it now and in this way.
Heinrich is married to his best friend Nikki and have two beautiful teenagers, son Tide (16) and daughter Khayla (14) … as an aside: his daughter and 3 of her friends from Rustenburg just completed their first Freedom Swim as a skins relay on Saturday past – he says, “I so damn proud of them!
He works as a Consultant at Cebano Consultants (Pty) Ltd www.cebano.co.za.
In his free time he is in the Great Outdoors and nature in general, water and mountain in particular.
Please join us in welcoming Heinrich to the Swim for Hope 2016 team!
Eben Karsten lives in Vredehoek, Cape Town and works for Matrix Fund Managers, a boutique asset manager focusing on alternative investments (hedge funds). He started doing long distance cold water swimming in 2011 and has completed 2 Robbin Island crossings with an initial target of 10 in the coming years.
Eben basically just swims, he has a gym membership but never uses anything in the gym that does not involve water, being the pool and the shower. He has been swimming competitively from a young age to university but ventured into another sport involving water called Underwater Hockey where he has represented South Africa on numerous occasions at u/21, senior and masters level. Further to this he is an avid free diver mainly for crayfish as well as some spear fishing.
Eben is an actuary by training and loves reading fiction and financial literature. He is married to Suna Karsten and has 2 boys Peet (10) and Jan (8) that keeps him busy when not swimming or working. His favorite holiday involves as much time as possible in the Kruger National Park.
“I love the sea and I love water. To swim on your own in the quite cold gives one perspective and a lot of time to think and reflect….Great for coming up with new ideas…”
Please join us in welcoming Eben to the Swim for Hope 2016 team!
Saee Sukale is a 13-year-old open water swimmer, who started swimming at the tender age of 5. When she did her first ocean swim in 2012, the open water swimming bug bit, and she has done distances ranging between 18 and 36 km.
She practices for 5 hours every day, and a personal goal is to be the first Indian Lady swimmer to conquer the Seven Seas.
Saee hails from India, and is very excited to join the Swim for Hope 2016 Team – please join us in welcoming her to the team.
Prabhat Raju Koli
Prabhat Raju Koli is a 16-year-old student of atomic energy at junior college. He hails from India, and, together with his swimming partner, whom we will introduce separately, will be the first Asian open water swimmers ever to officially attempt a Cape Point rounding.
He has swum various events at International level. In August 2015 he swam the Around Jersey event (66 km) and became 1st Asian to swim this event. He proceeded to swim the famous English channel in September 2015, recently he swam 8km from Preekstoel – to Parlies Rest, and most recently took part in last Saturday’s Freedom Swim Competition securing 8th place clocking 2:02.
It is great opportunity for Prabhat to participate in Cape Point swim for a noble cause; please join us in welcoming him.
Chris Loker is more of a runner than a swimmer, having taken a life-altering bet in his thirties to run a half marathon at Knysna. Now aged 48, this bet has spawned over 30 marathons, 10 Two Oceans Ultras and 5 Comrades Marathons.
He has also completed a Puffer (80 km off-road) marathon and the grueling 7-day Marathon Des Sables covering 250 km through the Sahara desert. He started ocean water swimming whilst training for half (2) and full (1) Ironman’s and progressed to do three Robben Island crossings and squeezing in two Argus Cycle Tours for good measure.
A believer in balance and yoga he tries to juggle three young children, the occasional bit of work (as a financial services strategy consultant) and pursuing a passion for sustainability, which is fueled by a concern for the planet and human beings’ impact on it.
He hopes to achieve a first of both running and swimming Two Oceans within the same month.
Please join us in welcoming Chris to the Swim for Hope 2016 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
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 Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports Children with Cancer and their Families throughout South Africa.
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.
You can make donations to the Swim for Hope effort by donating directly via any of the following methods.
ACCOUNT NAME: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH: Paarl Mall
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62277783249
BRANCH CODE: 250057
ACCOUNT TYPE: Cheque
SWIFT CODE FOR INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS: FIRNZAJJ
Please email your proof of payment and personal message to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.