Henley Swimmer to Swim 100km for Charity

Henley resident and member of the Henley Open Water Swimming Club, Joan Fennelly is swimming 100km to support Nepali children’s charity Kidasha.

Joan is doing a 100km in 100 Days Swim Challenge. This isn’t her first swimming based fundraising effort, Joan has previously raised thousands of pounds for the local Sue Ryder Nettlebed hospice by swimming The Henley Classic, The Club to Pub and The Henley Mile. This year’s challenge is much bigger, and, as well as including these famous Henley swimming events, Joan will have to hit the lake, river or swimming pool 3-5 times a week until 1st September and do around 50 hours of swimming.

Joan has recently joined the Henley Open Water Swimming Club (HOWSC) and is really enjoying swimming in the river Thames with local men and women of all ages from around Henley.  And with 34km swam in June, she is well on her way to achieving her 100km in 100 Days Swim Challenge by 1st September.

She said, “This week I am bang on my half way target of 50km of the 100km challenge.  I’m also swimming the Henley Mile at the weekend (wetsuit first and then swimsuit), and the Club to Pub on the next Saturday, and am now signed up (for better or worse) for the 14km Thames Marathon from Henley bridge to the Marlow bridge on August 11th – this will be 3+ times further than the longest distance I’ve ever swam, so let’s hope it’s not a case of sinking and rather of swimming there.  I’m aiming to do it in 6-7 hours, all going to plan.”

Of her decision to take on such a huge challenge for Kidasha, Joan said, Having heard many stories over the years about the children and young women that have been supported by Kidasha’s great work in Nepal, I decided that this would be a very worthy beneficiary of whatever funds I could raise from my 100Km in 100 days swim challenge.  I know that, with Kidasha, the money I raise will make a big difference on the frontline. Helping to raise funds to send children to school, or provide safe havens for child labourers or sexually exploited girls is a very important and worthy cause that will keep me motivated when I’m tired or sore.

Janice Miller, CEO of Kidasha, commented, “I’m extremely grateful to Joan for taking on this fantastic challenge to help Kidasha. Everyone at Kidasha is behind Joan, we’re all wishing her the best of luck and will be giving her tonnes of encouragement for all the 6am swims she’ll be doing over the coming months.”

To support Joan’s fundraising efforts, you can donate via her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joan-fennelly4

To find out more about Kidasha visit www.kidasha.org

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