30 April, 2006

I’m back from Oxford spring break and that means it’s time to start training. For everyone who missed Dave’s first post on what I’m training for, I’m getting ready to swim the English Channel. So why am I undertaking such an insane feat? Well to begin, I’m not doing it by myself. In fact, I will only be swimming 1/10 of the English Channel and 9 of my fellow Ephs (well, 8 and a professor) will be helping me finish the rest; we’re doing the swim as a relay. By swimming the English Channel we’re trying to raise $18,000 for the Mothers Programmes and Williams in Africa. In one sentence: money given to sponsor our swim will go to help prevent the transmission of AIDs from mothers with AIDs to their children, as well as helping to sponsor a student fellowship to work with the Mothers Programmes in Africa (read more about the Mothers Programmes at www.mothersprogrammes.org).

So as of this week, we’re now within two months of the actual swim, and we still have a lot of work left to do. We have a rough website up, which allows donations through paypal, but it’s not finished yet. Having just begun training, it’s a little overwhelming to think about the amount we still have left to do. However, people have been incredibly supportive and encouraging, and despite the series of enormous tasks still ahead of us, things have gone fantastically so far and we’re all very optimistic.

If you’re interested in learning more about this or donating, you can visit our still-under-development website www.channelforcharity.org

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