Hap­pen­ings

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To keep you in­formed of what is hap­pen­ing in the is­lands.

Satur­day May 23rd, Port Vila.

The Port Vila Master­bathers are run­ning their first ever In­ter­na­tional Char­ity Swim on Satur­day, May 23rd. The re­cently formed Van­u­atu Aquat­ics Fed­er­a­tion aims to de­velop the sport in the coun­try and plans to build an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard pool for the 2017 Pa­cific Mini Games, as well as new swimming clubs pro­mot­ing the sport to lo­cal chil­dren around Efate. BRED Bank and Air Van­u­atu have come on board as ma­jor spon­sors for the event, pro­vid­ing great prizes in­clud­ing four in­ter­na­tional and four do­mes­tic air fares, new equip­ment and safety and med­i­cal ser­vices dur­ing the swim. The Char­ity Swim will in­clude a 2.5km course, a shorter 1km course so that lo­cal clubs and schools can also com­pete and a spe­cial “Fins” cat­e­gory. The event opens on Fri­day May 22nd, with din­ner and brief at L’houstalet. On Satur­day, May 23rd, the 2.5km and 1km swims will take place with all swim­mers in lo­ca­tion out­side BRED Bank by 7am. On Sun­day, May 24th, the race event closes with a post-event swim and ½ day tour at Mana­galilu vil­lage. The 2.5km swim over the amaz­ing reef team­ing with marine life will be fol­lowed by lunch, and for those in­ter­ested, a spe­cial ½ day tour af­ter the swim will in­clude a visit to the cus­tom vil­lage, Chief Roi Mata’s Burial site, Hat Is­land and Lelepa Is­land. All pro­ceeds from the race day will go to the Van­u­atu Aquatic Fed­er­a­tion to help pro­mote and de­velop the sport. www.swim­van­u­atu.com, master­bathers@swim­van­u­atu.com.

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