Today is Swim for Hope 2016 Day!!

swimfor hope 2016Well, the day has arrived and while you are reading this post our intrepid Swim for Hope team is most probably already in the water battling the rough seas and freezing temperatures in their epic swim around Cape Point.

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. This will be the 4th Swim for Hope event and the 3rd Swim for Hope Group Event.

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 each of the 2014 and 2015 Group Swims. See more about the previous swims HERE and HERE.


Swim for Hope swimmer

And here is our full Swim for Hope 2016 Team…

T h e S w i m m e r s

Anthony Pearse (47) is the current male record holder for the Cape Point swim, which he set during Swim for Hope 2015.

Lindsay de Kock (58) is a Midmar 8-Miler as well as one of only two South African women deemed as Ice Swimmers.

Martin Vleggaar (39) is a surfer, cold water swimmer, lifeguard and retired helicopter rescue swimmer.

Tony Sellmeyer (66) is planning his 50th Robben Island Crossing.

Mervyn Bremner (62) has been swimming all eight events at the Midmar Mile every year for the past 37 years and also competes in Ice Swims.

Samantha Whelpton (31) has three Iron Man 70.3’s under the belt, as well as, among others, a Zanzibar Crossing of 32km.

Justin Coetzee (47) has competed in International endurance swims in Russia, Siberia and Patagonia, and is no stranger to the Cape waters either.

Richard Child (64) has done the English Channel as well as extreme swims around the Cape.

Herman van der Westhuizen (50) has done numerous open water and extreme swims, the latest being part of the Team who set the record for the Highest Ice Swim (Speedo’s only) at Mount Ojos, Chile, in December of 2015.

Chris Loker (48) has done over 40 marathons, including 10 Two Ocean’s Marathons, and has extensive open water swimming experience as his second passion, road running being his first love.

Heinrich Langner (41) is another regular in the Cape Town open water swimming community with the only notable Cape swim he has not (yet) done, being the Cape Point Rounding.

Eben Karsten (40) has been bitten by the open water bug since completing two Robben Island Crossings recently.

Arafat Gatabanzi (20) fled from the Congo in 2012, ending up at The Homestead in Cape Town. This is where he learned how to swim, during a swimming and upliftment program which The Homestead offered. He was noticed by, and taken under the wing of, some of Cape Town’s open water swimmers, and has since done a Robben Island Crossing and numerous Cape based open water swims. Arafat is extremely excited to be able to assist others by raising funds with his first Swim for Hope.

Prabhat Koli (16) is a junior student of Atomic Energy at Junior College, and hails from India. He was the first Asian to swim the 66km Around Jersey Event and also has an English Channel Crossing under his belt. If successful, Prabhat will be the first Asian male to round Cape Point.

Saee Sukale (13) started swimming at age 5, and did her first open water swim in 2012, and now there is no looking back for this young lady from India, who aims to be the first female Asian swimmer to swim the Seven Seas. What she lacks in age, Saee makes up for by her extensive open water swimming experience, which includes a Freedom Swim in Cape Town, just last weekend.

Please join us in wishing all of our swimmers a great, safe and enjoyable swim and in thanking them for their sacrifice of time, sleep and comfort in aid of creating Awareness for Childhood Cancer and raising funding for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.



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


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 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.


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 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 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.




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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