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