It’s June 21st and we’re smack dab in the middle of our swim window. Our safety boat captain tells us that Thursday will be too windy, which is a dissapointment, but Friday and Saturday apparently both look very encouraging.

To take a step back, our group’s set…aching even…to do the swim. We’ve been training hard (I never thought I’d be able to swim a mile, let alone three), and are optimistic about our chances. At the same time, however, we realize that there are no guarantees when you’re talking about this sort of event. All we know is that we’re in about as good as shape as we could hope for.

I don’t know if it really hit me that I was about to swim the Channel until I picked up our wetsuits and flippers (the flippers were generously donated by SBR-Sports)…I thought I’d be terrified (I hate deep water), but I’m actually pretty excited now. I think the excitement among some of our swimmers helps–we kind of bounce it off each other.

With the swim so fast approaching, I haven’t had much time to put into the charity side of the swim over the past couple of weeks, but things seem to be rolling along fine now without my active involvement. One of the nice things about events like this is that they spread quickly through word-of-mouth. Many of the people who hear about what we’re doing tell their friends who tell their friends…which has led to some donations from people who we don’t know who aren’t affiliated with Williams or Oxford in any way, which is quite exciting. The Williams European alumni association has been particularly wonderful about spreading word of our swim and supporting us, and I hope that word spreads through other alumni associations as well. We hope to continue fundraising even after the swim is over.

So, it’s 2am and early in the morning of the 22nd now which means that there’s a very good chance that I’ll be swimming in about 30 hours time. I guess I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little nervous, but knowing that what you’re doing will make a huge difference for so many people really helps calms the nerves…I can’t wait until we can officially present our donation to the Mothers Programmes and the Williams in Africa Program.

On that note, it’s definitely not too late to donate. In fact, it won’t be too late to donate next week, next month, or even next year. While we will formally “present” our donation to our charities sometime in the early fall–a donation that will go far in helping prevent the spread of HIV from mothers to their children–so much more is needed before this is no longer a problem in Africa. Please do donate–you can donate directly and US tax deductibly to the Mothers Programmes at www.mothersprogrammes.org (please specify that your donation was inspired by our swim–it’s necessary to help us keep track of the numbers), or securely online via our website www.channelforcharity.org. 100% of your donation will go to the charities.

Cross your fingers for us–hopefully next time I post on here will be with good news and maybe even some pictures!

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