Thank you for helping us to achieve our fundraising target for the Clean Cross Swim, and Simon’s amazing record breaking Pearl River Delta Crossing. We are not stopping at HK$200,000 though, so please help us to increase this amount. The ocean is a big place, and the more we can raise, the more we can have a positive impact on, spreading the Grate Art plaques to more parts of Hong Kong. We also hope to have this program replicated in other cities that want to follow this example. So, please spread the word, and help Simon’s efforts to raise awareness for the Grate Art project and clean waters.
Simon’s swim took 10 hours, 20 minutes, and 30 seconds, beating the previous swim record by more than 10 minutes. The weather was spectacular, and the water was cleaner than expected, without any jellyfish as well, which was a big benefit. He had to cross one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, and this proved to be a challenge right at the beginning with two large container ships crossing his path in succession, but luckily without problems. We were then greeted by over 30 pink dolphins (Chinese White Dolphins, which are endangered) who swam with Simon and Shu (paddle supporter) for over an hour, as if to say “Thank you for helping bring attention to our waters, Simon!”
He crossed the high speed ferry channel without issues, and then had some exciting moments trying to find the shoreline on which to land (rocky cliffs), as the currents were as strong as a fast river, sweeping him far to the side of the expected landing point. But all worked out in his favor, allowing him to land in record time on Macau soil. A huge amount of thanks goes to the Clean Cross Sponsors as well, whose support helps the Grate Art project – Cotai WaterJet, Lifeproof, Escapade Sports, Fogo Samba and Waste2Wear, as well as all of the volunteers who made it possible.
The Grate Art project is to help remind people not to dump in storm drains, using street art (small ceramic artistic plaques) which are placed near the drains. Most rubbish in the ocean flows from river and sewer systems, and your donation will go towards creating and installing the first batch of these Grate Art plaques with 8 artists from Hong Kong and China. This is an initiative of Ocean Recovery Alliance, and the first set of plaques will be placed on the South Side of Hong Kong Island, which is popular for water sports, tourism and general recreation.
The swim was 100% self-funded. All the money donated will go towards Grate Art - and the protection of our oceans.
Thanks so much for your support.