Boxing Day swim success

The 16 swimmers, among them Santa Claus, braved the chilly water. :: SUR
The 16 swimmers, among them Santa Claus, braved the chilly water. :: SUR
  • Expats spread Christmas cheer on Monday with a charity dip in the Mediterranean

Local residents showed their festive goodwill by dipping into the Mediterranean on Boxing Day to raise money for charity.

The annual II Sabi Spartan Swim was held in Sabinillas with a crowd of around 300 spectators witnessing the brave bathers take the post-Christmas plunge.

Around 900 euros was raised, which will be split between the Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George and the Nyland Knight Charitable Foundation.

Organiser Ian Ewing said: "The Nyland Knight Foundation is a small charity for a school in The Gambia. Half of the monies raised will go to providing reading glasses for the school."

The other half will go to the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George, a charity organisation based in Sabinillas.

Despite concerns that the beach wouldn't be ready in time after the storms earlier in the month, the water was calmer than last year and the second edition of the swim received a much bigger turnout.

Coordinators of the event were delighted as 16 swimmers braved the cold; some in swimwear and others in festive fancy dress. Ian Ewing, who took to the water dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, branded it a "great success".

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