Nicholas Mortley, a 17 year old Rondebosh Boys High School pupil, has raised R30 000 for Sea Rescue after taking part in the annual Freedom Day swim from Robben Island to Big Bay.
Nicholas did the 7,5 km swim last year for the first time and raised funds for Vista Nova. This year he decided to raise funds for Sea Rescue’s WaterWise Academy which teaches disadvantaged children about water safety.
“ The swim was on Nicholas’s bucket list and we saw it as an opportunity to raise funds for charity,” said his father, Michael.
Nicholas’s family and friends rallied around sending emails out, and chatting to potential donors asking for sponsorship for the teenage swimmer who loves to swim.
“I swim breast stroke in the pool and this year reached level 2 Nationals in East London,” said Nicholas. He trains with Tygerberg Aquatics Club five to six days a week and for the Freedom Swim concentrated on swimming freestyle in 8km cold water sessions.
Nicholas completed the swim in 1: 54 and two weeks later, with the kind donations of those who had pledged to sponsor him, Nicholas donated R30 000 to NSRI’s WaterWise Academy.
“We are very proud of Nicholas. He has worked hard, and trained hard. Its very important to be aware of giving back. Not only receiving,” said Michael.
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