Monday, 16 January 2017

WhaleAid Aleppo Fundraiser - Please Support our Secretary Mike Bodger

A group of swimmers in Whakatane, including myself, are fund-raising for the children of Aleppo, Syria. The destruction of Aleppo and its people has continued un-abated for the last four and half years. The funds will be administered through Relief Aid www.reliefaid.org.nz. Our fund-raising activity is a sponsored swim from Whale Island (Moutohorā) to Whakatane, an openwater swim of 10km. Other people and activities have now joined in to fund-raising. The swim is scheduled for Sunday, March 18th 2017 and I have the responsibility of preparing a group of swimmers for this major swim. Since living in Whakatane I have completed the swim twice when it was a race prior to 2010. The swimmers will be accompanied by helpers and guides in the form of boats and kayaks. As one of the swimmer’s I am seeking sponsorship from other swimmers of $1 per kilometre. I am also organising two further fund-raising ventures: a movie evening of the film “Captain Webb” (2015). (Matthew Webb, an Englishman, was the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875) and a “Chocolate Fish” swim meeting in Whakatane in 2017 with swims from 25m to 200m where I hope to encourage first time racers to participate. I would be very grateful for your support. 

Mike Bodger
Whakatane Masters Swimmer
Secretary NZ Masters Swimming

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