Bondi to Watson's Bay 10km swim - raising money for Tanzania

By Iringa Rural Development Initiative

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In a moment of madness, I signed up to do the 10km South Head Roughwater ocean swim on the 20th May:

The swim leaves from Bondi Beach and finishes at Watson's Bay, tracking round Sydney's infamous headland cliffs into the harbour and is (somewhat worryingly) described as "not for the faint hearted" - *read "VERY sharky*!!

Quite apart from the distance, this swim is infamous for its tough conditions - strong currents, big waves, jellyfish, and other somewhat larger ocean-dwelling creatures are among the biggest challenges. I'm hoping to complete the swim in under 3 hours, but if conditions are bad, it could take up to 5.

This is a massive personal challenge so it seemed crazy not to use it as a way of raising some much-needed funds for a charity that means a lot to me.

Dan and I spent a couple of months working with Iringa Rural Development Initiative (IRUDI) back in 2011 - a local charity with the goal of improving life in the villages of the wider Iringa community in Tanzania. Our ever-patient families will remember donating money for a new school roof!

This charity is about as local and grass-roots as it gets and its small team undertakes projects such as supplying clean water, building schools and providing education to villages that would otherwise be almost isolated. You can be sure that every penny you donate will make a difference.

You can read more about the organisation and its goals here:

Thank you so much for your support - it's very much appreciated by both me and the whole IRUDI team.

Rachel x

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