Mike’s Dash For Life

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Dash for Life is a project to raise funds for equipment for the Paediatrics Department at Victoria Hospital, its named after the Dash Monitors that are so needed for resuscitation of young patients in the department. In December 2015 Capetonian Mike Beaumont at the age of 66 became the oldest first-timer to swim from Robben Island to Big Bay on the mainland. Earlier in the year he had challenged his friends to sponsor his attempt, but had to wait more than six months until water temperatures, wind strength and tides were suitable.   The outcome?   In great conditions (Cape Town weather at its best, water freezing as always) and accompanied by swimming friends Motti Lewis and Tony Sellmeyer (it was swimming veteran, Tony’s 48th swim), Mike achieved his goal of covering the full seven kilometers in 2 hours, 45 minutes.

R80 000 had been raised before the swim for the new dash monitor for the resuscitation room in the paediatric ward, thanks to the amazing generosity of so many. The balance of R65 000 needed to purchase the dash monitor  was donated once Mike had swum. Those of little faith!  Mike has proved to be a true champion, supported by over 120 sponsors.

Mike you are most certainly a Friend of Victoria for life.

If you would like to find out how you can give to the Dash for Life paediatric project, contact join@friendsofvictoriahospital.org or click here.

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