Midmar mercy mission: 8 Mile Club's 50 swimmers aiming to raise R500?000

2011-02-10 00:00

THE 8 Mile Club will take to the water for the eighth time at this year’s aQuellé Midmar Mile race on Saturday and Sunday.

The club has 50 swimmers who will attempt all the eight events as they aim to collect money for charity organisations in the country.

One of the three founders, local businessman Stan Kozlowski, explained: “One weekend we were at Midmar Dam — we were already doing multiple swims — and we decided to form a group of swimmers who enjoy long-distance open-water swimming, to raise money for the less fortunate.”

The 50 swimmers have been challenged to raise R10 000 each.

Kozlowski said 19 charity organisations will benefit from the money raised at this weekend’s event. They include local conservation organisation Wildlands Conservation Trust, Little Eden, the SPCA and Thembalethu Aids Orphans’ Home.

The 8 Mile Club has raised about R4 million in past years.

Gayle Evertse, Wildlands’ fundraising manager, said, “We’re honoured to have been selected by the 8 Mile Club; the environment is now on top of the agenda and it’s initiatives like these that help us get there.”

There is talk about doubling the number of members in the club to 100 because many swimmers want to become part of the 8 Mile initiative.

“What drives us to continue doing what we do for charity is the immense satisfaction we receive and the good that comes after helping charities,” Kozlowski said.

The aQuellé Midmar Mile and the 8 Mile Club are also joined by international swimming stars Lewis Pugh, Charlene Wittstock and Terence Parkin who will play their part in giving back to underprivileged communities and organisations.

To help Kozlowski raise funds for the Wildlands visit www.wildlands.co.za.

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