Teenager Bobby swam the Great North Swim in support of CAFOD.

Jade writes about a young CAFOD supporter, named Bobby, who swam in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere to raise awareness and funds for CAFOD. 

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Bobby training for the Great North Swim.

On Sunday 11th June, Bobby took part in the Great North Swim to fundraise for CAFOD. Bobby swam half a mile in open water in Lake Windermere in the beautiful Lake District. Distance is determined by age and ability. As Bobby is a young teenager, he was able to swim half a mile alongside his mum. Bobby was lovingly supported by his mum, who also helped him with his training in outdoor water.

Bobby decided to put one of his favourite hobbies into action to support CAFOD. After swimming for 10 years, he took to the open water as a way to challenge himself.  Bobby explained:

“For me taking part in the great north swim was nerve-racking but when I got into the water and into my stroke I relaxed and it became easy for me.”

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Family and friends gather around the Lake to support the courageous swimmers. The local community, in Cumbria, gladly host the open water swim each year, making it an established and anticipated day in the annual local calendar.

The warm welcome and wonderful hospitality was an aspect Bobby and his mum will never forget. Bobby mentioned:

“My highlight was the atmosphere and how nice people were to me and my mum.”

The water temperature of Lake Windermere was approximately 13 degrees this year. The cold of the water didn’t prevent Bobby securing a speedy time of 15 minutes and 31 seconds!

Bobby became engaged with the work of CAFOD through his local parish of St Anthony of Padua. You can also make a different and volunteer with your local parish. Bobby completed the swim with the love and encouragement given to him by his local parish. Bobby tells us that:

“I chose CAFOD because I have been interested in the work that they have been doing in Africa and other countries.”

By participating in the Great North Swim, Bobby has helped communities receive access to water, through projects such as, Hands On Kitui in Kenya.

Thousands of people take part in the Great North Swim every year, and this year Bobby chose to support CAFOD. The Great North Swim began in 2008 as an open water swim for enthusiastic swimmers. The event has grown in popularity exponentially, accommodating over 10,000 athletes of moderate ability to super energetic thrill seekers.

Bobby was so delighted by this experience so much that he has already decided to do the Great North Swim again next year!

“I am looking forward to doing the Great North Swim next year. I have also enjoyed the training that I have done with my mum.”

Find out about how you can fundraise for CAFOD and complete a sponsored event.

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