Over 100 swimmers take on Eight Mile to raise money for charities

2015-01-21 00:00

THE thought of swimming a single Midmar Mile will have many people daunted, let alone doing it eight times in two days.

But some of the fittest and bravest choose to complete eight Midmar Mile races on the event weekend to raise funds for various charities.

This year’s race will see more than 100 swimmers take on every race and the funds raised will go to five select charities, according to race director Wayne Riddin.

The number of Eight Mile entries is up from last year, where only 50 Eight Milers took part.

“There is still a lot of support for the Eight Mile Club and they donate the money raised to five charities,” Riddin told The Witness.

Pink Drive, Princess Charlene ­Foundation, Singakwenza, Save the ­Rhino and KZN Wildlife/Wildlands Trust are the charities benefitting from the money raised by the Eight Mile Club.

In order to take part in the Eight Mile, swimmers need to raise a minimum of R10 000.

Considering that amount, R2 million was eventually raised for all charities involved from last year’s event, which bodes well for the 2015 Midmar Mile, which takes place on February 7 and 8.

Riddin was particularly excited about raising funds for Singakwenza, an NGO based in Hilton. “We are excited to help out a local charity. They do a lot of educational work with underprivileged people in the area,” he said.

R300 000 was raised for Pink Drive and the Cansa Association last year, while R200 000 went to CHOC — the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The Princess Charlene Foundation has been a recipient of donations since 2011 and around R200 000 was donated to the organisation, which focuses on promoting sport and teaching children to swim.

Close to R200 000 went toward Save the Rhino foundation, while a small group of Eight Milers raised funds for the Wildlands Trust.

In addition, Riddin commended ­companies like Game that take part in the company relay.

“Last year, they donated R1 000 for each employee who finished the race,” Riddin said. “If you look at the amount we raised last year, you will struggle to find any other event that is able to do so much for various charities.”

Entries for this year’s Eight Mile Club have officially closed.

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