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A swim to Robben Island for CHOC

Fourteen East London "mad cows" will be swimming up to 8.5km to Robben Island to raise a target of R30 000 for the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) from March 24 to 27.

The East London OpenWater Swimming Cows will be led by Barry van Emmenes, a paediatric Oncologist at the Frere Hospital. He is joined by Greg Harris, Mike Loewe, Wayne Gallow, Avron Vides, Vic Beltrame and Mark Currin, Gail Wild, Marie-Claire Hand, Barbara Briceland, Vicki Schlimper, Mandy Uys and Joy Roach. 

The cows, complete with their outlandish and colourful cow swimwear, are particularly honouring the bravery of Emma Roach (20), the daughter of swimmer Joy Roach. Emma is a childhood-cancer survivor diagnosed with leukaemia. She benefited from the work done by CHOC during her three years of treatment.

“Most of these cows are seasoned swimmers, however for many of us this will be our first attempt at the RI crossing. The open sea swimming is becoming popular in East London, mostly because of the Ironman. This cause is close to our hearts, so it is an all win for everybody,” said Vicki Schlimper.

The swim has a four-day window period depending on the conditions. The group is currently training for the big swim, a bucket list for some. Over the weekend, they took part in a 4km swim from the Orient.

So far, the group has raised over R15,000 with some people donating up to R1,000.

All donations are recorded on a public website and the amount raised is constantly updated.



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