Swim For Hope is a fundraising platform through which open water swimmers can dedicate a solo or group swim, or individual race participation, to a worthy South African cause.
Swim for Hope was born in 2013 when Carina Bruwer returned to the ocean after a 5 year break during which she started a family. It was a dramatic solo rounding of Cape Point in support of the Little Fighters Association (LFCT), an NPO that supports children with cancer and their families. Subsequently, Carina organised three group swims around Cape Point for LFCT, raising in excess of R300,000 in total for this organisation. She also dedicated various solo swims and races in Europe to the project.
“When I had kids, my priorities changed and although I kept up my fitness in the pool, extreme swimming naturally had to take a back seat. I did however miss open water swimming and the ocean was calling my name loudly, but embarking on a big swim is so time consuming and takes up so much of one’s energy… So I made a deal with myself: if I was going to swim again, I needed to do it in a way that was not just for my own enjoyment; I had to swim to make a difference – I had to SWIM FOR HOPE!”Carina