ABOUT US

The Madswimmer story is one of great friendships, adventure, daring bets and big hearts.

What started off as a late winter night’s bet in a chalet on the French slopes in 2009 has sparked a group of brave individuals to embark on a series of incredible swims every year to raise funds for children in need …

In 2009 Jean Craven and Tim Ziehl took a bet from their friends that they could swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, linking Europe with Africa. So began Stage One and they completed the 17 km crossing from Spain to Morocco in just 4 hours and 22 minutes.

Feeling sorry for taking betting monies collected from their friends, they decided to donate the money to various children’s charities and orphanages and Madswimmer, a registered charity, was born.

Celebrating 10 years in 2020, Madswimmer has gone from strength to strength, building a following of over 10000 fans on social media and a team of more than 50 swimmers from around the world. Since it’s inception, Madswimmer has raised over USD900000 for children’s charities.

ABOUT US

The Madswimmer story is one of great friendships, adventure, daring bets and big hearts.

What started off as a late winter night’s bet in a chalet on the French slopes in 2009 has sparked a group of brave individuals to embark on a series of incredible swims every year to raise funds for children in need …

In 2009 Jean Craven and Tim Ziehl took a bet from their friends that they could swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, linking Europe with Africa. So began Stage One and they completed the 17 km crossing from Spain to Morocco in just 4 hours and 22 minutes.

Feeling sorry for taking betting monies collected from their friends, they decided to donate the money to various children’s charities and orphanages and Madswimmer, a registered charity, was born.

Celebrating 10 years in 2020, Madswimmer has gone from strength to strength, building a following of over 10000 fans on social media and a team of more than 50 swimmers from around the world. Since it’s inception, Madswimmer has raised over USD900000 for children’s charities.

OUR NEXT BIG SWIM

22 - 24 February 2020

Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse - Namibia

Raised: R11,000

Goal: R50,000

Starts in: 15

Donations

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Namibia – Lighthouse to Lighthouse Swim

GOAL : 30000 ZAR

RAISED : 0 ZAR

February 2020

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FEATURED CHARITIES

Donated: $800 000

Charities: 16

Atlantic Hope

Established in 2010, Atlantic Hope is a safety house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment.

Charity

The Children’s Hospital Trust

The Children’s Hospital Trust (established in 1995) is the independent fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Charity

The Bram Fischer Trust

Bram Fischer was a South African advocate most noted for his anti-apartheid activism and for the legal defence of (among others) Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial.

Charity

Guild Cottage

Guild Cottage started in 1907 as a home for orphaned children and has evolved into South Afria’s only specialist residential treatment centre for sexually abused and traumatised children.

Charity

FEATURED CHARITIES

Donated: $800 000

Charities: 16

Atlantic Hope

Established in 2010, Atlantic Hope is a safety house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment.

Charity

The Children’s Hospital Trust

The Children’s Hospital Trust (established in 1995) is the independent fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Charity

The Bram Fischer Trust

Bram Fischer was a South African advocate most noted for his anti-apartheid activism and for the legal defence of (among others) Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial.

Charity

Guild Cottage

Guild Cottage started in 1907 as a home for orphaned children and has evolved into South Afria’s only specialist residential treatment centre for sexually abused and traumatised children.

Charity