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Swim for a School

Swim for a School

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Through Feed Play Love, (Kelly's charity), we are trying our best to raise at least R100000 to build the disabled children of Ntshongweni Township a decent school. 

They currently spend their days in a dilapidated old building with no electricity or toilet. There's no fence, so to keep them safe (a lot of them love to run free), they're pretty much locked in dark and dingy conditions all day.

Thozama, the earth angel looking after these sweet beings does so without any government funding and receives no income. Looking after any child is a tough job, never mind children with these varied disabilities. 

So Murray and Kelly, family friends, swimming duo, team ‘TuPu’s in a Pond’, are training hard to Splash for Cash!

Our first goal was in September 2018 whereby we travelled to the icy Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town and qualified for the main event: The Freedom Swim.

This is a 7.6km+ Swim from Robben Island to Blouberg Strand in 12-14 degree water. (If we’re lucky!)

Due to currents etc, it has been labeled one of the toughest open water swims in the world!! 

Our escape is scheduled for 13/04/19.. 

There's been a lot more crazy in the months since us qualifying. 

It’s been only cold showers, sitting in sub-10 degree ice baths for 30-45 minutes, and even a 3.5 hour stint in a bottle store beer-freezer.

It’s been early mornings, swimming at night, swimming in the rain, getting caught in thunder storms, tackling 8km dam swims.

We’ve endured jelly-fish and blue-bottle stings, harrowing sea training swims and even shark sightings within a few meters of us.

All the while juggling our wonderfully supportive families, and keeping a solid sense of humour amid the ice-cream headaches, aching muscles and abundance of nerves (and excitement). 

Mostly though, it's staying focused to hopefully make a difficult life that little bit easier for those less fortunate than ourselves!!!

Ps: if you're on Strava and wanna make sure we're legit and/or see our crazy training you can follow Kelly Kidgell there :-)

Update: thanks to such immense generosity, the school is has a roof!!!! 

UPDATE: Sadly, race organizers canceled the swim 2019 as we arrived in Cape Town. Due to forecasted winds, and huge waves they had to put our safety first. I’m sure you can imagine our disappointment and devastation. BUT, we aren’t giving up and 2020 feels like a great year to escape a prison island! So it’s back to the crazy antics, and hopefully by then we can finish this school!! 

Please help us reach our target & Help Us Spread The Word: Share This Post. Thank you to those who’ve already donated. Your kindness is awe-inspiring xx 

 

Donations

  • Sep 05, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "What you are doing is really amazing!" - Warren

  • Apr 10, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Best of luck Kelly on your big swim" - Jean and Shaun Barker

  • Apr 10, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Wishing you the best in your swim" - Marion Spence and John

  • Apr 01, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "So proud of what you are doing. Go go go! Alex" - Alex from Switzerland

  • Mar 27, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "So proud of you guys! Thanks for making a difference! " - Joness

  • Mar 26, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "All the best Kelly Kidgell" - Amanda Barratt

  • Mar 12, 2019 - USD $ 36.68
  • "You go girl!! Well done on this amazing effort. " - Lisa Elliott

  • Mar 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck you two poo's in a pond!! Really amazing what you guys are doing!!!" - Jay and Nats

  • Mar 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "My niece doing great things love ya" - Muncle CK

  • Feb 22, 2019 - R 10 000.00
  • "As I have a brain damaged sister myself I appreciate even more what you are both doing to help these disabled children. With my love Annelies" - Annelies Huber

  • Feb 17, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "You amaze me Kells! ??" - Jax Lund

  • Jan 29, 2019 - USD $ 46.19
  • "So incredibly proud of you my amazing friend. " - Taryn Moir

  • Jan 28, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Keep going with your outstanding efforts..and congratulations on the building work done so far" - Gill Clark

  • Jan 18, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Best of luck " - Bron

  • Jan 16, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done to both of you on your amazing effort. Keep going! Love Brett Kira Amber and Quinn" - Brett Clark

  • Jan 12, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Well done to both of you on this immense challenge and all the best for the big swim." - Andrew, Michelle, Matthew and Sarah Clark

  • Oct 29, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "~~~~~~" - Pat Thackwray

  • Oct 29, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "well done you two for getting this far, wishing you all the best love Duncan and Liz" - Liz and Duncan Simpson

  • Oct 12, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "We need more people like you in this world. God bless you!" - Giovanna

  • Oct 11, 2018 - USD $ 41.38
  • "Wow this is such a great initiative! Well done guys. " - Carmen & Roberto

  • Oct 08, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Fantastic cause! Go "klap" that swim " - Grant

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 578.20
  • "Good luck " - Natasha

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Attributed to Edmund Burke...Well done and blessings!" - Matt & Xani Kritzinger

  • Sep 19, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Good luck guys. You are amazing " - Kate

  • Sep 17, 2018 - R 2 570.50
  • "WOW Kelly!! Our amazing Sister in Law! We are so proud of you! Hope you enjoy this amazing challenge and bring a smile to those precious children. Our love goes out to you. Xx Stuart & Sue xx" - Stuart and Sue

  • Sep 17, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Wow Kells! This takes brave to a whole new level! You go girl and continue to change lives and inspire x x" - Mich

  • Sep 16, 2018 - R 893.36
  • "Wishing you all the best as you work towards such a worthy cause! " - Angie Carosin

  • Sep 14, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "You two are inspiring" - Kylie and Nick Andrews

  • Sep 13, 2018 - USD $ 42.20
  • "Good luck sister! You’re an inspiration to us all xx" - Cathy & jed

  • Sep 13, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Good luck in achieving your very admirable goals" - Denise and John Semple

  • Sep 13, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "What an honour to call you my sister. You inspire us all with your selflessness and true desire to help others. Good luck. So proud of you both! Behind you every "stroke" of the way! Love Jo " - Jolene

  • Sep 12, 2018 - R 445.00
  • "You are an inspiration. The world needs more humans like you!" - Kirsten Martegoutte

  • Sep 12, 2018 - R 929.74
  • "Cheering you on from a mountain in S.Korea!" - Sophie

  • Sep 11, 2018 - USD $ 149.38
  • "What a great effort and cause! Good luck to you both!" - Deb, Michael and Samantha McGinn

  • Sep 11, 2018 - R 404.83
  • "Good luck with the swim! You crazy! But great cause! XX" - Jules CW

  • Sep 07, 2018 - USD $ 34.32
  • "." - Nicole

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Good luck and enjoy your challenge!" - Angie Long

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck on a huge effort" - Judy Barrett

  • Sep 03, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "Good luck for your swim guys. Remember this noble cause during the race. What you are doing is quite inspiring, and a little bit crazy!" - Shaun Clark

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 25.78
  • "Keep up the good work, please keep us updated. " - Van der Toorn family

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Well done boet, just dont block your ears at the start" - Hooksie Family

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "As wife and friend to Muz and Kelly, I get to see first hand, just how tough this is. You're both amazing. " - Lauren

  • Sep 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "We are blown away by your commitment to this challenge, and the cause! " - Mad Bags

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 37.00
  • "So proud of our daughter, Kells you are so special. Small donation to get you started. " - Jax and Clive ( ballies)

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "Well done and good luck for this amazing undertaking" - Maggie and Andy Knox

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good luck to the pair of you !" - Bert and Anne Stafford

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck guys! You can do it! Muz, if only you put this much effort into your job!! Kidding :) " - Stacey

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Crazy people doing crazy things for some very special kids " - Jude

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "You are absolutely amazing. Congratulation and good luck" - Annelies

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "Good luck" - Brendan

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "All the best and good luck, hope you reach your target for this great cause!" - Nicolene

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Great Initiative, Good Luck Guys." - Kuben Pillay

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Murray is my boss, I donated to get in his good books for a good increase next year – JUST KIDDING!! Good luck Muz and Kelly, you guys are insane and wonderful xx" - Sam Bird

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative" - Craig Swart

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck guys this is an amazing challenge" - Paul and Jane Schouten

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "Your dedication, your passion & willingness to test your own limits is admirable. But it's your incredibly generous heart - that speaks volumes!! So proud of you xx" - Iris

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "A wonderfully generous and chararible effort by both of you in support af a very worthy cause. " - Barry & Nora Lemmon

  • Aug 25, 2018 - USD $ 14.80
  • "You are absolutely amazing Kelly. Crazy. But amazing. " - Kelly Williams

  • Aug 24, 2018 - R 282.66
  • "Well done on such a noble gesture. " - Tracey Clark

  • Aug 24, 2018 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Under such cold conditions your warm heart is amazing" - Cara

  • Aug 24, 2018 - R 330.00
  • "R10 for each consecutive Midmar Mile I have completed" - Melanie Smith

  • Aug 24, 2018 - USD $ 51.11
  • "Good luck!" - Karin

  • Aug 24, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "A most worthy cause " - Pat Thackwray

  • Aug 23, 2018 - USD $ 73.92
  • "Let's Host South Africa airbnb management and hospitality marketing company wishes you well " - Let's Host South Africa

  • Aug 23, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Challenge accepted Amy du Toit!" - Lauren Anne Photography

  • Aug 22, 2018 - R 45.00
  • "As per your bday request Kel ... a R35 donation to celebrate 35 years. Will do some more at month end x" - Brigitte

  • Aug 22, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "I challenge other photographers to match or better my donation. It’s for such a great cause " - Amy du Toit Photography

  • Aug 22, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "I challenge all other accommodation establishments to match or better my donation." - Maple Grove Hogsback

  • Aug 22, 2018 - R 2 010.00
  • "Congratulations to both of you for the courage and determination you have already shown. Let’s hope you achieve your goal" - Gill and Peter Clark

  • Aug 22, 2018 - USD $ 13.89
  • "Hope the water is warm. Good luck. " - Buddes

  • Aug 21, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Don't pee in the water it attracts the sharks" - Vinswaar

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 61 003.43

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 3 080.00
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With the help of our community, we aim to restore dignity and hope for the underprivileged suffering illness or tragedy. "Be many to many"

We work on many ad hoc cases. 

Our main focus at the moment is to build a school for disabled children in the Ntshongweni township.