It Can Be Done

It Can Be Done

The Rotary Club made an announcement about its Global Swimarathon with a bit of additional news on the open water swimming front. According to the press release issued on World Polio Day, Penny Palfrey is going to attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida sometime in June 2012.

The past 22 years, the Rotary Club of Grantham, England has held a highly successful RotarySwimarathon every February that has raised over £500,000 for local charities and deserving causes.

In 2012, the Rotary Club will also hold an extra event – the Rotary Global Swimarathon – that will attempt to break the world record (presently 2,533) for the most number of people swimming at the same time anywhere in the world. So far, swimmers from New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Hong Kong, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Phillipines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Wales and the USA have registered in a charity event to eradicate polio.

Penny was named the official Ambassador of the Rotary Global Swimarathon in their ‘End Polio Now’ campaign. Concurrently, Penny will be in training to attempt the 168K channel between Cuba and Florida.

The Rotary Global Swimarathon will take place on February 25th 2012 at 1:00 pm GMT. To qualify for the World Record attempt, swimmers will have to swim just 100 yards without stopping within the hour. There will be a nominal entrance fee which will all go to the Rotary Foundation and help in the campaign to rid the world of polio.

Contribution received will help Rotary raise US$200 million to match US$355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting US$555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

Photo of Penny Palfrey courtesy of Spike of the Cayman Islands.

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Steven Munatones