Swimmers take on 24-hour challenge to protect Lake Erie
Windsor, ON, September 5, 2018 - A group of four swimmers are preparing to complete
a series of 10 swims in locations across Lake Erie, all in a span of 24 hours this
weekend. Their first swim will be in the Detroit River, out to Peche Island and
back, beginning at sunrise on Saturday, September 8, 2018. They will complete their
last swim at Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, by sunrise on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
The swimmers have teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and their new
Lake Erie Guardians initiative to help raise awareness and funds to protect Lake
Erie and its waterways. The Lake Erie Guardians are citizens, groups and businesses
working together to raise awareness about the problems facing our local waters,
and increasing concrete actions to protect the lake and its rivers.
"There are many urgent problems, from toxic algae blooms to plastics pollution that
we absolutely need to tackle if we want to safely swim, fish, and even drink from
our lakes and rivers into the future. It is quite inspiring to see these four swimmers
from across Southwestern Ontario taking the issues so seriously and working to raise
awareness," says Raj Gill, the Great Lakes Organizer at the Canadian Freshwater
Taking on the Swim for Erie challenge are accomplished swimmers Anita Doppenberg
from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Josh Reid from Simcoe, Michael Kenny from Cambridge, and
Jennifer Agnew from Harrow. "Completing this swim challenge won't be easy. We have
an ambitious timeline, and we will all be pretty exhausted by the end of it," says
More information about the Swim for Erie can be found at www.lakeeriealive.org.
You can follow the swimmers' journey during the 24-hour period by following the
About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca): The Canadian
Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives across
Canada. We work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen
citizen voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers. We are a project
of Tides Canada's shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).