Children in Distress

Swim for a Future: Mihai Badea swims for Pineview Retreat Lodge

In August 2024, Mihai Badea, a respected figure in the Romanian community and a dear friend of CID will embark on a mammoth journey - swimming 130km across Lake Powell to raise funds for the charity's most recent project, Pineview Retreat Lodge.
raised of £50,000 target
Closes on 23/08/2024
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Campaign Title: "Swim for a Future: Supporting Pineview Retreat Lodge"


We are immensely grateful to Mihai Badea, a beloved figure in the Romanian community and a close friend of Children in Distress (CID), as he embarks on an extraordinary journey to raise funds for our most significant project yet - "Pineview Retreat Lodge." This retreat home, also known as Casa dintre Brazi, will be a sanctuary for children, especially those with disabilities, providing them with respite relief and holiday experiences they may not easily access elsewhere.

Project Overview:

"Pineview Retreat Lodge" will be a special guesthouse in Zǎrnesti, meeting the highest standards for accommodation and facilities. It will cater to children with special needs, offering them a holiday and recovery center where they can find joy, comfort, and a sense of belonging. This project represents our commitment to expanding our reach and impact, potentially touching the lives of thousands of children in the years to come.

Mihai Badea's Journey:

In support of this noble cause, Mihai Badea will undertake a historic challenge - swimming the entire 130 km length of Lake Powell, from Utah to Arizona, in record time. This incredible feat symbolises courage, strength, and hope, mirroring the resilience of the children we aim to serve.

How You Can Help:

We invite you to join us in sponsoring Mihai on his epic expedition by donating £5 per metre of his 130 km swim across Lake Powell. Mihai's journey will commence on August 11th in Utah and conclude on August 13th in Arizona. Your contribution will not only support Mihai but also contribute to the realisation of Pineview Retreat Lodge and the dreams of countless children in need.

Mihai's Message:

In his own words, Mihai shares his passion for water, his commitment to challenges, and his belief in the transformative power of perseverance and teamwork. He invites us all to embrace our dreams and face challenges head-on, knowing that together, we can achieve extraordinary things.

Join Us in Making a Difference:

Support Mihai, support Pineview Retreat Lodge, and support the future of social care in Romania. Every meter you sponsor represents courage, strength, and hope for the children who will find solace and joy in this haven of respite.

Together, Let's Swim for Hope and Build a Brighter Future for All!

Your generosity and support will not only propel Mihai on his remarkable journey but also bring us closer to creating a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children. Join us in this meaningful cause and be a part of something truly extraordinary.

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About the charity

Children in Distress

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We are a small UK charity that raise funds in the UK to help the most vulnerable children in Romania by providing specialist hospice care, educational community outreach and respite care for children and their caregivers. Our mission is to cure, sometimes, to help often, to comfort, always.

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