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Abigail's Dead Sea Challenge

Abigail's Dead Sea Challenge

Personal message

As an adventure addict and swimming enthusiast I literally dived at the opportunity to swim with a team of kindred madswimmers across the Dead Sea! There are just SO many things that excite me about this swim…

1. The challenge: 16km in a body of water that is over 8 times saltier than the sea. What may seem to be advantage from a buoyancy perspective is more than cancelled out by the challenge of viscosity, heat and risk of saline burn discomfort! We are swimming with full face masks to ensure that no water gets in our eyes or mouths – if it does, it will STING! Added to that it has not been easy finding time to swim inbetween work trips across Africa so I am going to have to really push my physical limits. Your support will definitely help me to dig deep when the time comes!

2. The cause: The Dead Sea water level has fallen more than 25 meters during the past 30 years due to conflict-ridden "water-grabbing" and unsustainable water management. The swim will be raising awareness of the issue in the international commuity led by an organisation called Eco Peace. Meanwhile, closer to home, the South Afrcian based Madswimmers will use any funds raised to support the education, health and development of underprivileged children. Charities include Just The One Foundation, Children’s Hospital Trust, and more great organisations. Finally, my personal pledge to all supporters will be to invest more of my time in working with new swimmers here in Johannesburg to build confidence, unlock potential and share the privilege and joy of swimming with people in my own city.

3. The connection: This will be my first swim with the Madswimmers but I already sense some life-long friendships in the making. I am a huge fan of people who look to push boundaries both physically and mentally in search of individual purpose as well as positive outcomes for the planet! We’re facing immense global challenges today which we need to address collectively and value the things we have in common rather than those that divide us. You can probably tell that I am a big fan of the peace sign so will flash it as much as possible in the swim pics!

THANK YOU for reading this and please contact me to find out more about the Dead Sea Swim or check out the website!

Donations

  • Dec 02, 2016 - USD $ 74.60
  • "Brilliant effort! Knew you would make it! Hope we can be there to support in person one day on another epic swim!" - Quito contingent

  • Nov 16, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hope it was a great swim! " - Philip Harper

  • Nov 16, 2016 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Phenomenal work Sprewg x" - Helen

  • Nov 16, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck Abi! " - Tom Conroy and Julie Dana

  • Nov 15, 2016 - USD $ 109.45
  • "Courage abi!" - Jamboliah

  • Nov 15, 2016 - USD $ 62.02
  • "I think you need your own graphic novel now!xx" - Naomi

  • Nov 15, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "You are an inspiration. So proud of you xx" - Candice

  • Nov 14, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "Go Abee" - Anonymous

  • Nov 14, 2016 - USD $ 73.41
  • "Best of luck! X" - Lina PB

  • Nov 14, 2016 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck! X" - Eleanor Brown

  • Nov 13, 2016 - USD $ 110.03
  • "Good luck Abitron! Hope you have a great swim and there is just loads of lekker vibes everywhere." - Coombs

  • Nov 11, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck! It'll feel amazing to complete the challenge I'm sure" - Vince

  • Nov 11, 2016 - R 771.15
  • "A great cause Abby, it's gonna sting, in places where you don't have a mask!!!!" - Adam Gilbert

  • Nov 11, 2016 - R 400.00
  • "Whooohooooo GO ABI!!!! You're an inspiration to all of us! " - Jo & Malia

  • Nov 11, 2016 - USD $ 56.64
  • "Always an inspiration. Good luck Abi x" - Kimberley Burbidge

  • Nov 10, 2016 - USD $ 77.94
  • "Gof for it, Abi. Good luck." - Nora and Tim

  • Nov 10, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "All the best Abi! Big High 5:)" - Melanie & Artur

  • Nov 09, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "Swim, don't sink!" - Stuart Bradley

  • Nov 08, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "GOOD LUCK, I am totally in awe of you. GO ABI xxxxx" - Bella & Tom

  • Nov 08, 2016 - USD $ 235.72
  • "Wish we were kayaking alongside this one too!" - Gillie and Chris xxx

  • Nov 03, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck!!!" - Sarah and Paul

  • Nov 03, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "Abi, we are so proud and wish you the best of luck for this awesome experience" - Bobby Sussman and Mike Wallace

  • Nov 03, 2016 - R 210.00
  • "Go Abi!!" - Anonymous

  • Nov 02, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Oh duuuuude you are amazing xxx" - Looooch, Looooca and Enrico

  • Nov 02, 2016 - R 210.00
  • "Amazing challenge, GO ABI!!" - Kirsten Woods

  • Nov 02, 2016 - R 510.00
  • "Go Smelch! Proud of you! " - Bex&Geth;

  • Nov 01, 2016 - R 2 056.40
  • "let the floating begin" - Peter van As

  • Nov 01, 2016 - R 2 000.00
  • "All the best. " - Duncan & Izelle Owen

  • Nov 01, 2016 - R 1 028.20
  • "On behalf of Hank Rearden and his crew" - Stu Thomson

  • Nov 01, 2016 - R 616.92
  • "Wishing you a successful swim Abi. Lots love xx" - Norman and Judy Thomson

  • Nov 01, 2016 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Aim for the stars" - Robin Pope

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 35 050.34

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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Madswimmer is a registered non-profit company consisting of individuals involved with daring open water swims to raise funds for children’s charities. They are established business men and women in their own right, but also do these extreme, adventurous swims. Take a look at some previous campaigns here to see how they managed to raise over $420000 over the past 7 years.