“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Carina Bruwer, lead player of SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ and record holding marathon swimmer, will take her Swim For Hope project to Europe this month, with two big Italian open water swimming crossings planned in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a South African organization that supports children with cancer and their families.
Carina will be attempting a rare crossing of the Strait of Bonifacio (15km) between Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) on 15 June, which has only been officially achieved once before by a trio of British swimmers, after which on 20 June she will attempt an unprecedented 14km quadruple crossing of the Messina Straits between Sicily and Calabria which, if successful, will make her the first woman to cross this unpredictable stretch of ocean more than twice.
Carina was a household name in open water swimming circles across the world even before she became prominent as a musician. She competed in 7 countries between 2004 and 2006 winning numerous races, completing solo crossings such as the English Channel, Gibraltar Straits and False Bay; breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), and enjoying significant national and international media coverage. In 2007 she founded instrumental pop group Sterling EQ which, under Carina’s guidance, became a headliner in the South African music industry, winning numerous awards and touring nationally and internationally.
These days, Carina swims on behalf of Little Fighters Cancer Trust to raise money for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
“Childhood cancer has a desperate effect on the whole family like no other cancer. There are many people – especially sufferers themselves – rallying and doing amazing work for breast cancer and other chronic diseases, but children do not have the same voice nor the ability to spread awareness, making it incredibly challenging for childhood cancer fighters to get the message across and raise much needed funds.”, Carina said. “Having two perfectly healthy children myself, I simply could not remain untouched by LFCT’s work and the cause, and making a small difference to them has made a big difference in my own life. In South Africa, the limited resources are shared between AIDS, Adult Cancers and diseases such as Tuberculosis and Malaria, with child cancer being in dire need of awareness campaigns and support structures. I’m therefore hoping to create some international awareness and support through my European swims”.
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