In August, four brave women, Christine Beckwith, Carol Arnold, Lisa Jones and Val Jones, decided they would attempt a “virtual” English Channel swim to raise much-needed funds for the StreetLife Sterilisation Programme based in the East Algarve. A staggering €2,198 was raised by the four women.
What was involved? They swam the equivalent to 35 kilometres/22 miles, the width of the English Channel, in their respective swimming pools ranging from six metres to 9.5 metres in length. In total, a staggering 13,650 lengths between them.
They set their own pace but wanted to complete the swim before their pools got too chilly. They started mid-August and finished last week.
As soon as they posted on Facebook what they were doing, sponsorship money started to come flooding in. Family members, friends and other StreetLife supporters started to pledge amounts.
The first “WOW moment” was when the last length was completed, and they had raised a total sum of €1,467.
But then Russell & Decoz Real Estate (Moncarapacho) generously matched the sum raised by Lisa and Val and another €731 was paid into the StreetLife account. “This was a second WOW moment – totally unexpected and so appreciated,” said Linda Cree from StreetLife.
Not wanting to miss out, Christine and Carol are looking for another local company to match their sponsorship money. “Is there a local business out there who can match their €736? There must be someone out there who can give StreetLife a third WOW moment?” said Linda.
StreetLife provides financial support to local pet dog owners who do not have the funds to pay for sterilisations, as well as to dog shelters that may need additional funding for sterilisations. The association does not sterilise cats but can provide contact details of other associations that might be able to help.