Thursday, August 21, 2008

Guest Blogger Judy~

Hey Friends, it’s Judy Strauss. I’ve recently become a volunteer with Swim Across America (SAA). SAA is a national non-profit organization that raises funds for cancer research programs in major cities from coast to coast through high profile swimming events. In the Bay Area the funds raised go directly to the UCSF Children’s Cancer Survivorship Program and to Children’s Hospital Oakland. ( ~83% of the funds raised go directly to the designated beneficiaries.)

There are two events in the Bay Area this fall. One is next month and it’s a pool event. Here is how it works; groups of people agree to raise money and collectively swim 3000 miles, the distance from coast to coast. The event is all month long. You can have as many people contributing miles as you wish. Each person is asked to raise a minimum of $50.

The other event is a bay swim on October 18. The participants will be dropped off of a ferry boat at the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, then swim about 1.5 miles to Crissy Field. Each participant is asked to raise $1000.

There are several ways that you can be involved…

1. You can participate in the pool swim. (We will be recording yards at Menlo Masters)
2. You can participate in the bay swim (wetsuits are ok). I’d love it if you joined my team; Sujulojo. You can form your own team or you can swim without a team.
3. You can support someone who is swimming with a donation.
4. You can make a donation to Swim Across America in general.
5. You can volunteer to help on the day of the swim.
6. You can be a corporate sponsor.
7. You can buy advertising in the program.

Your involvement will make a difference! For more information you can go to the website, www.swimacrossamerica.org. You can also contact me at judy@swimacrossamerica.org.

See you at the pool or in the bay!

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