Ace swim­mer wants to help can­cer pa­tients

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

SALIM AFIFI salim@time­so­fo­

MUS­CAT: Six-year-old Dy­lan Wil­liams has a pas­sion for swimming and for help­ing oth­ers.

An ace swim­mer, Dy­lan goes to Royal Flight School in Mus­cat. To sharpen his skills, he trains reg­u­larly with a lo­cal swimming club, Nau­tilus Swimming Club.

Mo­ti­vated by an in­ci­dent last year, Dy­lan de­cided to kick start an ini­tia­tive to help chil­dren who suf­fered from can­cer and other life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Last year, Dy­lan and his fouryear-old younger brother, Rhys, were asked to send a post­card from Oman to a lit­tle girl named Jessie Stocks, who was suf­fer­ing from can­cer and had spent most of her life in a hospi­tal in the UK. Jessie’s par­ents wanted to show her the world, so they put out an ap­peal for post­cards to be sent from around the globe.

This sparked a fire in the young boy that ig­nited an ini­tia­tive that’s fo­cused on help­ing peo­ple such as Jessie.

“I have al­ways wanted my chil­dren to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of be­ing kind and con­sid­er­ate to oth­ers,” said Dy­lan’s mother, adding, “Dy­lan has al­ways been a very lov­ing and car­ing young boy who loves to help and care for oth­ers. He un­der­stands that there are other peo­ple in the world who are less for­tu­nate than him and he al­ways wants to help. As a mother, this makes me very proud and makes me want to help him even more.”

Tragic or­deal

Dy­lan asked about Jessie’s ill­ness and re­alised that he was very lucky. He wanted to help her and her fam­ily deal with this tragic or­deal.

He came up with the idea to swim as far as he could in one hour, in a 25m pool, to raise money. With the help of Nau­tilus and its ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mers, he swam for 1.7km and raised OMR1,250 for char­ity.

To­day, Dy­lan will swim at Nau­tilus Swimming Club from 4.30pm to 5.30pm to raise aware­ness and col­lect do­na­tions. Rhys will also swim a min­i­mum of 25m to support his sib­ling.

The money raised will go to four-year-old Jack Jef­freys from the UK who des­per­ately needs med­i­cal fund­ing. Dy­lan will also be rais­ing money for an Oman can­cer char­ity.

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