Swimming for Ukraine

Swimming for Ukraine

From Ella Cooper

The EDGE Swim Club is raising money to support children affected by the war in Ukraine. At the end of the campaign, donations will be given to Save the Children. Please read below for details!

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Hi! My name is Ella Cooper. I am 17 years old and swim for EDGE Swim Club in South Burlington, Vermont. I wanted to do something to help the Ukrainian children and their families who are suffering during this horrific time of war. Not only are they in need of immediate help, but will continue be for a long time.

Since there is more power in numbers, I thought a great group to help in my efforts would be the one I have been part of since I was 8 years old: my swim club.

The Crisis in Ukraine: According to the United Nations Children's Fund, almost two-thirds of Ukraine's 7.5 million children have been displaced. 2.8 million children have been internally displaced, while 2 million have fled Ukraine as refugees. They have been forced to leave everything behind: Their homes, their schools, and often, their family members. In addition to the millions that have been displaced, half of the estimated 3.2 million children who remain in Ukraine are at risk for not having enough food.

I strongly believe it is our responsibility to do whatever we are able to, in order to help alleviate the current and long term suffering of the Ukrainian children and their families.

The Campaign: As a team, we will be tracking the yards we swim in practices and converting them to miles. Our collective goal is to swim the distance from Burlington, Vermont to Kiev: 4,462 miles (the equivalent of 7,853,120 yards), as a symbol of our support for the victims of this humanitarian crisis.


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During this campaign, we will be accepting financial donations which will be given to the humanitarian organization, Save the Children.

About Save the Children:  https://www.savethechildren.net

"Save the Children's work saves and improves children's lives around the world. We work to ensure children have healthcare, food and shelter, as well as learning and child protection services when children need it most. We are committed to helping all children achieve their full potential by ensuring they grow up healthy, receive a good education, and stay safe." 

Donation Bonus: In addition to the good feeling you'll have from helping others, your donation will enter you into a drawing to win a ---------- from EDGE Sports & Fitness. 

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