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16 April, 2014
Meet Cae, the passionate marathon swimmer who is about to embark on a journey that will see him raise crucial funds for Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.
“While I could swim as a child I did not really swim much and only took to open water swimming 3 1/2 years ago. Since then I have grown to love marathon swimming and its challenges and have swum successively longer distances: Lake Argyle (WA) 10 km, Rottnest Channel (WA) 20 km, Palm Beach to Manly (NSW) 26 km,” Cae said.
Cae is now taking his love for marathon swimming to a whole new level. In July this year, he will swim the English Channel, a total of 34 kms, from Shakespeare Beach near Dover to Cap Gris Nez, a point near Calais, in a bid to support dementia research efforts.
“If I succeed, and only 3 in 10 succeed, it should take me somewhere between 12 and 16 hours of constant swimming,” Cae said.
“When I swim the water will be somewhere between 11 and 16 degrees celsius - hoping for 16, planning for 12 – and as you can imagine, hypothermia is one of the main reasons not to succeed as English Channel rules forbid wet suits!”
Cae and his wife have been impacted by dementia which is what motivated him to undertake this challenge.
“Dementia robs people of their families, their dignity and their lives. My wife is currently going through a difficult situation with her mother's deteriorating Alzheimer's in the UK, with gaining access to support packages and the need to find long term residential care,” Cae said.
“Nearly everyone I talk to has been impacted in some way and I am very proud to support the research activities of Dementia Australia’s Dementia Research Foundation.”
To support Cae on his ambitious swim, visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/aquacae