Swimmers needed for Somalia fundraiser

A Swim for Somalia fundraiser may be sinking if some participants don’t come forward.

A Swim for Somalia fundraiser may be sinking if some participants don’t come forward.

Emily Falk, president of BRITE, the Red Deer Chapter of Global Enrichment Foundation has a fundraising swim planned for Aug. 17 at the Rimbey Aquatic Centre.

It has the potential to be a great way to raise funds for a worthy cause, she said.

The fundraiser swim is to include two sessions (9 to 10:55 a.m. and 11 to 12:55 p.m.) Participants will be assigned to a lane and will swim for one hour and 55 minutes. Those who have registered as a team of two will be required to have one member in the water at all times.

The registration fee of $10 is to include swim admission, snacks and door prizes. Pledges may be based on flat amounts or individuals can make donations based on the number of laps they completed.

Donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Falk is excited about the swim and is working hard to make it a fun and enjoyable time as well as a positive way to direct dollars towards helping women in Somalia.

“We look forward to meeting you on the 17th as we join in solidarity to support both the local and global community,” said Falk. “It will be an excellent morning, there will be a chance to meet new people, mingle, listen to live music performed by local artists, delve into tasty snacks, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor facility that the Town of Rimbey has generously donated for this event.”

In a letter to council she noted holding such an event would be a positive for the town and for The Aquatic Centre.

“Businesses will greatly benefit from the influx of swim participants, thus boosting the town’s economy. Additionally, the Rimbey Aquatic Centre will benefit from the influx of individuals into your new facility – building a wide network of support as individuals spread the word about the facility.”

In a press release, Falk stated The Global Enrichment Foundation, founded in 2010 by Humanitarian Amanda Lindhout is a non-profit organization dedicated to igniting leadership through educational and community-based empowerment programs, while undertaking humanitarian and life-saving emergency interventions in times of crisis.

The Somali Women’s Scholarship Program provides Somali women with an opportunity to transform themselves and their country by enabling them to become leaders in their community through the provision of four-year undergraduate scholarships, paving the way for a new generation of female leaders as they take their rightful role in the development of their country.

The Global Enrichment Foundation collaborates with 14 private universities in Somalia to provide 36 young women with an opportunity to pursue an education, contribute to their community and build a stronger, more peaceful and more inclusive society.

The press release states SWSP students are given a full scholarship as well as a monthly living allowance, and the chance to participate in local leadership and empowerment initiatives.

“Through participating in the 2013 Swim for Somalia, you can show your support for these girls and young women; empower them to dream, achieve their educational goals, and reach their fullest potentials,” said Falk.

To enter swim contact Emily at emily@globalenrichmentfoundation.com or call 403-843-2437.