"All In Your Mind" Channel Crossing Donations
7/17/2015 - 7/31/2015
A four person relay team including two Bermudians, John Tomlinson and Jeff Conyers, are swimming the English Channel in July to raise money for four local Bermuda registered charities.  Peter Weedon and Chris Pitman will join John and Jeff to make up the "All In Your Mind" team to endure the cold waters of one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, swimming from Dover to finish their marathon swim somewhere in France.

"All In Your Mind" will attempt the crossing under the guidance of Captain Eddie Spelling in his safety boat Anastasia.  The water temperature is expected to be between 59°F to 60°F.  This temperature is about as cold as the ocean gets in Bermuda.  Wet suits are NOT allowed and the swimmers must wear only short regulation bathing suits, so hypothermia for our Bermudian swimmers is a potential problem.

Part of the swim will be done in darkness and small flashlights are required to be worn by swimmers so they can be seen from the safety boat.  The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with approximately 600 vessels moving up and down them every day, plus the ferries , seacats and jetfoils crossing between England and France at very regular intervals. Aside from the danger of being run over by other boats, the water is cold, dark and home to numerous large stinging jellyfish. 

The local charities we are raising funds for with this crossing:

SCARS, Saving Children and Revealing Secrets.  SCARS was granted it’s charitable status by the Registrar General of Bermuda on October 27, 2011 – Registration #922. It was formed to create greater awareness of the devastation that child sexual abuse can cause in the life of an innocent child, their affected family and a community. SCARS' mission is to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in Bermuda and be an advocate and voice for children who have been sexually molested as well as their affected family.  We do this through our prevention, education and awareness programs.  If SCARS can reduce the number of sexually molested children in our community, the result will be a reduction in drug abuse, alcoholism, teen pregnancies, mental illness, promiscuity, violence, etc.  To learn more about SCARS please visit their website at www.scarsbermuda.com.

KATKiDS, an independent Bermuda charity(#960), is a 100% volunteer run organisation whose mission is to volunteer time, expertise and passion to raise money for projects supporting children in need of food, shelter, healthcare or education in Nepal, Southern Africa and Bermuda. Two charities in Nepal are supported by KATKiDS: Gentle Rain Nepal works with at risk children in Kathmandu, Nepal and Asha Nepal is a human rights organisation dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of women and children affected by sex trafficking in Nepal.   In response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 24, we are currently seeking financial donations Asha Nepal and Gentle Rain which now urgently need emergency funds. www.katkids.com

The Adara Group - "Nepal Relief Fund".  www.adaragroup.org
Adara has worked side by side with Nepali communities for 17 years. Our focus is long term sustainable support, in partnership with local communities on health, education and community infrastructure, for the benefit of children and their families. Projects have included alternative technology, remote mobile-healthcare services and anti-trafficking initiatives in Humla. We also have projects in Kathmandu focused on the emergency relief, rescue and care of trafficked children, and healthcare for disadvantaged communities. Adara Group founder and Chair, Audette Exel, asks that people donate whatever they can to assist with relief efforts following the devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal which has taken the lives of more than more than 5,000 people, and left more than 100,000 people homeless.

Youthnet Mentor. Lead. Inspire. www.youthnet.bm
Since its inception in 1996, YouthNet has worked to unlock the potential in Bermuda’s youth; stemming from their belief that all young people possess strengths and abilities necessary to succeed in life. The school-based mentoring programme seeks to align the strengths of these young people (mentees) with the strengths of adults and peers (mentors) in a positive and nurturing environment; promoting opportunities for young people to thrive through positive relationships. YouthNet provides a continuum of support to any child who should want one, helping to ensure that their lives are positively impacted.

Please donate to these worthy charities, which can be made to any one or all of the 4 charities. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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