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Spiteri, Agius to headline 12-hour charity swimming marathon at Neptunes SC pool

Fabio Spiteri (left) and Neil Agius.

To collect funds for children in need

Malta’s ultra swimmers Fabio Spiteri and Neil Agius are set to headline a 12-hour Charity Swim at the Neptunes SC pool on Sunday.

Spiteri has made a name for himself for his achievements in ultra triathlon while Agius has equally earned his plaudits for his exploits in recent years that saw him set a new world record when completing the longest unassisted ocean swim when completing 125.7km in 52 hours.

This marathon aims to help children who reside in institutes to be able to attend swimming lessons and also to help children and their families who need to attend therapy sessions in venues like the Inspire pool in Marsascala.

Spiteri is keen to see members of the public not only visit the Neptunes SC pool and give their donations but also join them in the water and accompany him and Agius during their challenge.

“On Sunday, between 7am and 7pm, Neil Agius and I will be swimming for 12 hours at the Neptunes SC pool in St Julians,” Spiteri told the Times of Malta.

“During the event, we hope to see the general public not only come and give their donation for our cause but also join us in the water as there will be a lot of lanes available for anyone interested to accompany us in this challenge.

“The main reason we are doing this is to give the opportunity to children who live in institutes to be able to attend swimming sessions. I am pushing for this cause because I firmly believe that swimming should be open for everyone.

“Added to that, the funds collected will also go to those people who need swimming therapy at the Inspire Pool. I hope that many people will come and support us and more importantly help us to collect the necessary funds to make a difference in these children’s lives.”

On his part, Agius said that swimming, apart from being a sport, is a life-saving skill and everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to swim.

“Before swimming becomes a sport it is a life-saving skill and everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to swim,” Agius said.

“I’m so excited to join Fabio Spiteri in this awesome 12-hour community charity swim in aid of more swimming therapy sessions at Inspire, a local NGO that provides services and facilities for people with a disability and their families, as well as for swimming lessons from The Swimming Workshop & other swimming schools, for children in Maltese institutes.

“Together we’re pushing our physical limits to swim non-stop for 12 hours and raise more awareness on the accessibility of swimming for all children.

“We’re looking forward to shining a light on a sport that can give our children the safety, access and ability to enjoy swimming lessons together with their families.”

Donation fee

Participants can join for a minimum of €10 donation fee, while companies and brands are encouraged to donate a minimum of €250 for team participation.

People can donate more on the day, either by cash or via SMS/Revolut.

Organisers said that on the day, there will be brand activations, fundraising activities, athlete and personality visits.

The 12-hour Charity Swim will be hosted by Eurosport with Neptunes WPC, Vibe FM & Garmin as supporting partners.

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