Rhodes English Channel Swim 2012
Six 2011 Rhodes Scholars are attempting to make the historic English Channel crossing from Dover to Calais in the first week of October 2012. The Channel swim is the epitome of English sport- it has a rich history, requires a healthy dose of stoicism and often involves inclement weather. This team of accomplished athletes includes Caroline Barlow (Florida & Keble 2011), Meg Braun (California & St John's 2011), Michael Fargher (South Africa-at-Large & St John's 2011), Katy Hansen (Montana & Christ Church 2011), Michael Jones (Australia-at-Large & Magdalen 2011) and Alice Lang (Australia-at-Large & Lady Margaret Hall 2011).
A private sponsor is underwriting the actual cost of the swim and each team member is fundrasing £1000 for WaterAid, an award-winning international non-profit group.
WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. They work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs. They also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation's vital role in reducing poverty is recognized.
For more information on WaterAid visit: http://www.wateraidamerica.org/