A South African musician will be braving on the waters off the coast of Spain for a gruelling 21km swim, all for a good cause.
Carina Bruwer, contemporary flute player and founding member of the award-winning instrumental group Sterling EQ, will attempt to swim from Alicante to Tabarca Island in Spain.
Bruwer’s “Swim for Hope” will be done in support of Muzukidz, an organisation through which children poor township families around Cape Town in South Africa are given the opportunity to learn to play the violin.
And that’s not all. After her solo swim, Bruwer will present a solo Jazz flute concert in the evening at Suquer in Elche.
Apart from the ultra-distance; currents, wind and jellyfish represent the main challenges on this swim. Carina will have an hour or two to rest before her evening concert at Suquer in Elche.
As a musician, Bruwer is widely known for her advanced flute technique combined with idiosyncratic improvisation skills and soulful interpretations rarely associated with this instrument. She has recorded on over a dozen albums, performed in 15 countries, and won numerous awards for her work across the board, from purely Classical to crossover, instrumental pop and contemporary.
A veteran open water swimmer, Bruwer has completed a number of significant marathon swims which include the English Channel, the Gibraltar Straits, False Bay, Bonifacio Straits and many more. Many of her swims were firsts and/or record-breaking feats.
Bruwer founded Swim for Hope in 2014, in order to raise funds and awareness for South African organisations that she supports, through her swimming challenges. The project has raised close to R500,000 since its inception, as well as media coverage worth approximately R1 million.
She travelled to Europe from South Africa last week to acclimatise and took part in the 15km Gran Fondo Cinque Terre Swim Marathon, where she won the female race and finished third overall behind the male runner-up.
She also plans to take part in the 12km Marmaton EDreams St Feliu de Guixols, one of the largest races in Spain, later in June.
“When I swim in the open water and I get into my ‘zone’, I often experience a beautiful state of clarity, where the world makes sense to me and I feel enormously optimistic and filled with hope. I realise that I am hugely fortunate to be able to experience moments like this while so many people in this world are limited by their circumstances – certainly most people in South Africa – so Swim For Hope is all about sharing this optimism and spreading this feeling of hope that I experience in the open water”, Carina said.
Carina’s Swim for Hope is scheduled to start in Santa Pola, Alicante, at 07:00 on Friday 14 June. The 21km should take anything between 5 and 7 hours, depending on sea conditions.