Janet Viedge, a resident of Howick, has once again decided to be a part of the 8 mile club and swim all 8 events at the Midmar mile this year.
Members of the 8 mile club swim 4 races on the Saturday and 4 miles on the Sunday, all in the name of raising money for various charities. Each swimmer has to raise a minimum of R10 000 for their respective charities.
This year there are 5 main charities with a portion of the money raised going to 17 other charities. Janet, and 6 of her fellow Swimchix, have chosen to swim in PINK and raise funds for the PINK DRIVE – a charity that fights cancer. Last year, Janet and 2 of her friends, took part in the event and between them managed to raise over R72 000. A total of over R325 000.00 was raised by the 8 milers swimming for the Pink drive.
To train for the event they swim at the GC Jolliffe pool in PMB once or twice a week with Kath Boast, who does adult squad training and also do various dam swims. For open water swimming it is very important to not only train in a nice clean pool! This year they took part in the SA open water champs and swam the 5km race. Janet says "In the time it took us to do one of the 2.5km laps, it took the winner to complete the whole race – a total of 57 minutes!! So as you can see we are not top swimmers, just ordinary ladies who are trying to make a difference by doing something that we all love ..... swimming!!
It is wonderful to see what a fantastic response we have had from the public as well as the schools who have supported us so incredibly."
The Swimchix held a very successful swimathon at the GC Jolliffe swimming pool in November 2013. Swimmers either swam as individuals or in teams of up to 4 members swimming as many lengths as they could in 30 minutes and getting sponsorship either per length completed or as a donation. This event was extremely well supported and the team would like to thank the swimmers, sponsors and spectators for making it such a wonderful occasion.
Swimathons have also been held at St Charles and Howick High school – both of which have been extremely successful. Thank you to St John's and to St Anne's for holding a civvies day the proceeds of which have been donated to the pink drive. It is wonderful to see so many children getting involved and supporting these events – thank you to all of you - you are all making a difference. What is especially heartwarming is even those children who can't swim very well, have wanted to take part and raise money even if it means walking a few lengths!
Remember -someone may not be able to make a difference in everyone's lives but everyone can make a difference in someone's life!!!
Janet says "I feel privileged to be able to swim in pink and to know that we are trying to make a difference. "
You too can be involved in this wonderful cause by making a donation. Please contact Janet on 082 3212304.
The 7 "Pink swimchix" Jen Van Rooyen, Vanessa Gurney, Kath Macfarlen, Gina Clowes, Janet Viedge, Kath Boast and Julie Hay.
A “sea of Pink Howick High swimmers “ – having conquered the water!