Hoping to build a brighter future for disabled children

2018-12-11 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDKelly Kidgell and swimming partner Murray Clark are aiming to raise funds in order to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni Township.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDKelly Kidgell and swimming partner Murray Clark are aiming to raise funds in order to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni Township.

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COMPARED to what disabled children have to deal with daily, qualifying for one of the toughest swims, The Cadiz Freedom Swim, to raise funds to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni was nothing according to Kelly Kidgell and her swimming partner Murray Clark.

The annual 7.5 kilometre open water swimming event, considered to be one of the toughest in the world, has athletes swimming from Robben Island to Big Bay, Cape Town. The event will take place on April 23, 2019.

To qualify for the event, Kidgell and Clark participated in a 5.4km race in Cape Town in September.

Kidgell said that they are super happy to have been able to qualify for the event because they are not doing the swim for themselves, but rather for the children.

“My swimming partner and I are aiming to raise funds in order to build a school for the disabled in Ntshongweni Township.

“The building has already started and that’s so exciting,” explained Kidgell.

The couple will be raising funds to assist disabled children in the area by building a safe place where they can learn and grow.

“They can’t be left at home when their parents go to work as their disabilities make them vulnerable to rape and abuse. So our school aims to provide a safe place where they can play and learn,” she said.

In conclusion, her message to the people is that it’s possible to do what you love whilst simultaneously making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

“No challenge is too big with determination, support from our families, not overthinking life, or sweating the small things; our bodies (mixed with strong minds) are capable of almost anything,” she said.

“Life is so precious and we need to live big, face fears, conquer challenges, laugh a lot and ultimately leave a lasting print on the hearts and souls of others,” concluded Kidgell.

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