From sunrise September 8th to sunrise September 9th: four swimmers challenged themselves physically and mentally to defend what they love, Lake Erie.
Over the course of these 24 hours, accomplished Josh Reid, Anita Doppenberg, Michael Kenny, and Jennifer Agnew took on the waters of Lake Erie. Why did they do it? Lake Erie is under threat and something must be done !
A treasure to us all, Lake Erie is the heart of Southwest Ontario. However Lake Erie and its rivers are being plagued by numerous problems, from sewage spills, to plastics pollution, to harmful and toxic algae blooms. These issues frequently close beaches, make recreational activities dangerous, kill fish and wildlife, and even restrict access to drinking water. As swimmers, Josh, Anita, Michael and Jennifer have seen first-hand the issues that affect the lake – they know that we need to act quickly to stop the pollution before it’s too late.
During the 24-hour period, the fearless four swam at 10 locations throughout the watershed. Each swim was a distance of 2 to 3 kilometres.
The time constraint and the weather produced some issues but the swimmer powered through the waves and cold temperatures til the end with smiles on their faces and accomplishment in their eyes.
Greatful Living assisted with kayaks and financial proceeds. We were so greatful to be a part of such an event.
Check out our Facebook Page to see more photos of the event. We also went live on location so ensure you follow to be apart of these events from home as well. Or you are always welcome to come out and join by donating time or cheering on participants in future events.
This event was held by Fresh Water Alliance Canada. We believe in being transparent with our donations. Follow our blogs to see where your intentional purchases go.