Mid­mar’s ‘8 mil­ers’ raise a record R3 mil­lion for lo­cal char­i­ties

The Witness - - NEWS -

SWIM­MERS at this year’s aQuellé Mid­mar Mile smashed an am­bi­tious tar­get of rais­ing R3 mil­lion for char­i­ties na­tion­wide.

Draw­ing am­a­teur and se­ri­ous ath­letes of all ages, this past week­end’s event saw many swim­mers raise funds for causes rang­ing from can­cer to wa­ter aware­ness as Day Zero draws closer in the West­ern Cape.

As of yes­ter­day morn­ing, char­ity or­gan­is­ers an­nounced that more than R3,1 mil­lion had been raised — a stag­ger­ing 55% in­crease on the R2 mil­lion raised in 2017. And more is ex­pected to flow in dur­ing the com­ing weeks, they be­lieve.

“Not all EFTs (elec­tronic fund trans­fers) made over the week­end have come in yet. We’ll also keep fund rais­ing open for a few more weeks to give peo­ple a chance to hit their tar­gets. But it’s an im­pres­sive num­ber re­gard­less,” said Stan Ko­zlowski, chair­man of the main fund rais­ing ini­tia­tive, the 8 Mile Club.

“I’d imag­ine by the end of this week the 8 Mile Club alone will have sur­passed the R3 mil­lion mark. We’re cur­rently sit­ting on R2,98 mil­lion raised, with the 16 Mile Club hav­ing raised R113 000.”

Over 13 000 swim­mers from across the coun­try de­scended on Mid­mar Dam for the 45th edi­tion of South Africa’s pre­mier open wa­ter race. Among them were the 200­plus mem­bers of the 8 Mile and 16 Mile clubs.

Suzelle Ste­gen, mar­ket­ing man­ager for aQuellé, said the wa­ter brand was proud to sup­port such great ini­tia­tives. “Help­ing the com­mu­nity is a key ele­ment of our brand. We love the fact that fam­i­lies, clubs and cor­po­rate teams can come to­gether and take part in a healthy, wa­ter­based ac­tiv­ity that spreads the joy and does so much good for many wor­thy causes,” said Ste­gen.

The 8­Mil­ers — so called for the dis­tance each mem­ber swims for char­ity — each swam the eight mile­ long events on Satur­day and Sun­day to col­lect as much money as pos­si­ble for their seven cho­sen char­i­ties.

Th­ese in­cluded breast can­cer char­ity Pink Drive, Sin­gak­wenza Ed­u­ca­tion and Health, Child­hood Can­cer Foun­da­tion (CHOC), Princess

Char­lene of Monaco Foun­da­tion, KZN Wildlife for Save the Rhino, Wild­lands Con­ser­va­tion Trust and the Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa. Race di­rec­tor Wayne Riddin said the spin­off of the event as a ma­jor na­tional fundraiser showed the true

heart of South Africans.

He said the race has be­come a plat­form for swim­mers to chal­lenge them­selves phys­i­cally and their friends fi­nan­cially to con­trib­ute to their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

— Wit­ness Re­porter.


A life guard gives the thumbs up as 8 Mil­ers get ready to start an­other swim for char­ity dur­ing the aQuelle Mid­mar Mile at Mid­mar Dam at the week­end.

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