Swim a Leg for Maura
All it takes is all you've got!
30 April 2014
Wow, what an amazing journey! So, a year has passed since the first Swim a Leg for Maura newsletter went out.
This is our story:
Maura and I met at Gary Freelings SACS morning squad in June 2011 where we became lane buddies. Maura kept missing squad training and on enquiring, I learnt that her present prosthesis was inadequate and collapsing at the knee. This resulted in her falling at PicknPay while shopping, crossing the road, down stairs. An idea was born: lets swim a Robben Island crossing as an awareness to raise funds for a new prosthesis.
A meeting was scheduled with Peter & Kay Bales of CLDSA (Cape Long Distance Swimming Association) to endorse our campaign. The first CLDSA Swim a Leg for Maura Newsletter went out 16 April 2013, the aim was to raise R70 000. Due to the generosity, kindness and giving nature of all you good people receiving this mail, we achieved way beyond this target, even without having done the crossing!
Our Thank You Robben Island swim took place the 29th March 2014. Sixteen swimmers, set off from Robben Island, many on their maiden crossing, to successfully complete this extreme, unpredictable, cold open water swim wearing only costumes, caps and goggles. As some of these swimmers were sponsored, it meant more funds were raised.
Jayson Chin of Jayson Chin Associates who was more than willing to work with Mauras existing prosthetic parts and adding new components was able to produce a state of the art prosthetic leg affectionately known as Mauras 4x4. With the remaining money we are able to also now let Maura have a Wet Leg. This will be a dream come true for Maura. For the first time ever, she will be able to walk in water, shower and essentially not worry with general beach conditions.
We have proudly achieved a dream way beyond our imagination and its thanks to all of you family, friends, fellow cold water swimmers, support crew, boatmen and CLDSA observers. What an exciting, happy journey it has been!
Heartfelt thanks and love to you all,