I Swim – You Donate Campaign

What’s it about?

What I do:
As a teenager, I used to volunteer every summer for the Red Cross as a lifeguard. I don’t have the time for that anymore, but the Red Cross can always use our help. Therefore, I now do long-distance, open-water swims (10km, 15km or longer) to encourage people to donate to the Red Cross.

Here’s why:
Catastrophes (natural and human-caused) happen, and for the most part, they occur when least expected. Relief and Aid organizations need to be prepared to help those in need on a moment’s notice. The Red Cross does exactly this, but they need your continued support through proactive donations to be prepared to act at any time. Quick action saves more lives.

The humanitarian aid of the German Red Cross knows no boundaries. Whether it is flooding, earthquakes, famines, epidemics or armed conflicts, it does not matter where their help is needed – the only thing that counts is to help other people in need. Thanks to your support, the Red Cross can help immediately when they are needed. If you take a quick look at the Red Cross website, you’ll see the invaluable work that Red Cross volunteers do worlwide day in and day out for the last 150 years!

How it works:
I do my swims. Then I blog about them. Hopefully these posts are inspiring enough to encourage your donations through the betterplace.org platform.

Donating through the betterplace.org platform is safe and simple, and 100% of your donation goes to the Red Cross. Nothing goes to me – my travel costs, registration fees, etc. come out of my own pocket.

And that’s all. I hope you follow me in this journey to contribute my little bit of goodness. If you don’t feel like parting with your hard earned money, please consider sharing this initiative with your friends via social media.

Similar version of this blog is also available on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/APMarathonSwims/

Thank you all for your support!