Event: Little Red Lighthouse Swim
Each year the summer brings with it the opportunity to swim in the crisp waters of the East Coast. I've chosen a less popular path and have been swimming distances in the Hudson and East River. Contrary to popular belief, I have not developed any debilitating diseases from my swims, though the third eye that has recently grown in the back of my head has been particularly useful. I recently completed a swim called the Little Red Lighthouse Swim with more than 100 other intrepid swimmers on Saturday August 25, 2007. This swim was 5.85 miles in the Hudson River from 56th Street to 165th Street, within view of the Little Red Lighthouse under the GW Bridge. Exhausted and refreshed, I finished in 1 hr and 49 minutes. Thank God!
Why I support ORBIS
I just returned from a trip from central Africa. When I found out that ORBIS did work in this region, it had a real connection for me. I wanted to somehow keep sowing seeds into these people's lives and figured this was a good way to do it.
In some of these countries, it takes as little as $25 for cataract surgery. I've enjoyed my swims and thought I could let my efforts be for a purpose (not a porpoise, but a purpose! lol). $25, that's just a few days’ worth of Starbucks for me! Cataract is a condition in which your lens clouds up, blurring your vision to the point where ultimately you can’t see anything at all. Anyone at any age can develop cataracts, even children! Here in the U.S. it's a quick, 20-minute out-patient procedure, but in a country with limited resources, this operation may never take place and can leave a young person blind for life. I'm looking to raise enough money to help 25 blind kids, “25 for 25.” If 25 of us could rasise support for 25 kids, it would be great. I hope you can help!
My page closes: September 28, 2007