I'm swimming a mile for Malawi. Sponsor me!
The charity I work for, the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust, are renovating the ship Chauncy Maples on Lake Malawi to serve as a clinic to the villages along the coast of the lake.
There is an acute lack of access to healthcare in Malawi, with villagers on the lake having to travel by dug-out canoe for many miles, risking storms and crocodiles, to access healthcare. There are no roads to most of these villages, and few vehicles. HIV, measles, infant and maternal mortality, TB; these are all serious problems.
So I'm putting my money where my mouth is, to swim a symbolic mile for Malawi. A mile is 64 and a bit lengths of a normal swimming pool - not an easy distance for me and one I've only done once before, when I was a little lighter. I will be doing my mile, and maybe more if I can, at Temple Cowley Pools and Fitness Centre in Oxford at 9.30am on Sunday 18th September.
If you wish to join me you are most welcome, and Chauncy Maples would really appreciate the extra sponsorship! It's a general swimming time but hopefully I've chosen a quiet period. But whether you join me or not, I hope you feel inspired to sponsor me and play a small part in bringing better healthcare to Malawi.