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Dart slides v2

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A big Swim for orphans in Haiti and raising money for a charity that helps!

A big Swim for orphans in Haiti and raising money for a charity that helps!




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    • Coconut break Living in Haiti View over Port-au- Prince in better times… My room Mardi Gras Our house in Petionville, not far from Port-au-Prince (that’s my sister and I!) The Citadel, built to stop Napoleon from Invading (he didn't!)
    • Getting ready for a 10 kilometre swim…the training schedule Breaking in new goggles: peeling onions (it really works!!) Bournemouth pier-to-pier in July: a 2.5k stroll
    • Down to Devon and the River Dart. The day before the event...lots of mud (low tide)!
    • Happy Birthday, swimmer number 38…..1 hour to go
    • Race day is beautiful and sunny… And the rescue teams get ready…
    • Meeting the other swimmers… what a nice bunch of people… Just wait ‘till we have our rubber suits on!
    • Slap on lots of shark-repelling cream Rehearse the route
    • Suit on, last minute advice from the coaching staff…
    • Let’s not forget what its all about: Raising money for SOS Children’s Villages to support 2 orphanages in Haiti http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/pages/default.aspx Not sure if yellow is any better than the pink!...
    • Minutes to go, and spirits are high
    • And we are off… Notice the near-perfect arm movement…(yes, It is me!)
    • Off into the distance under the watchful eyes of the rescue crews
    • Going round the bend…. (Compare with low tide picture earlier)
    • …including several gallons of tea and Frenetic activity at the finish line in hot soup… preparation for the first arrivals….
    • Swimmer 38 appears out of the murky waters 2 hours 38 minutes after the start…
    • How was it? Wet!….
    • Did the swim, got the shirt…
    • The secret of a good swim?...Feed the ground support crew!… AND…
    • A small snack to regain strength….…
    • And finally, Dirks says…Mesi Anpil (that’s Haitian Creole for Thank You) for supporting by Big Swim for Haiti. Donations came in from far and wide: Professors in Australia, film makers in California, owners of a shellfish restaurant in Devon (UK), friends and family from Canada to Spain via Brazil, Germany and the UK, neighbours from today and the distant past, school friends I haven't seen in decades, colleagues I work with every day…my life history in a nutshell. In total, we raised £1200, and with some post-event publicity might notch up a bit more. I had a wonderful experience, and I am grateful to everyone for donating. With that kind of support, I was never going to quit! Link to make donations to Dirk’s Haiti fundraiser: http://www.justgiving.com/Dirk-Gewert