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Peadar seeks charity swimmers 04.09.11

by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent

An Inishowen native who has just completed an ambitious charity swim around the Moville lighthouse is looking for 100 volunteers to join him in the Foyle next year.
Moville man Peadar McKevitt swam from the pier to the well-known local landmark and back – a distance of 1300 metres - to raise money for the Children in Crossfire charity.
Battling fast-moving currents in the choppy waters of Lough Foyle, Peader made it back to dry land in just under an hour before enjoying a well-earned pint of Guinness with well-wishers on shore.
In summer 2012 he will be back to lead the inaugural record-breaking ‘Moville Lighthouse Swim’ – with eight volunteers already signed up and another 92 to follow.
Peadar McKevitt is looking for 100 volunteers for the Moville Lighthouse Swim.
Peadar, who spends much of the year working across the globe in Dubai, said anyone can sign up for the 2012 charity event – even if they can’t swim!
“I’ve got a Dubai-based Belfast guy, who swam the English Channel, giving technical advice, and he reckons that even if a person cannot swim, with 9 months of preparation, they could easily make this distance. Current swimming capability is not an issue, and non-swimmers are welcome, as a full training plan will be developed. It’s not a race,” he said.
“The swim is expected to take place next July or August, depending on optimal tides and approval being granted by the relevant agencies. While more than 100 may ultimately undertake the challenge, the first 100 people to register will be given a special certificate and designation of ‘Inish Eoghain 100’ Charity Swim Hero,” Peadar added.
The mammoth Moville swim will raise money next year for Children in Crossfire, the RNLI and a third charity of the participants’ individual choice. To sign up, buy some togs, goggles and email: peadarZIPswim@gmail.com .
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