In 2019 the Looe Island swim attracted around 200 swimmers all raising money for the Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health and other local causes.
Due to Covid-19 the event for 2020 has had to be postponed (and is now planned for 5 September 2021, subject to whatever Coronavirus restrictions are in place as that date approaches). The entry list for the 2021 swim is already full and there is a waiting list for those still wishing to enter.
However, charities like the Chestnut Appeal have really suffered in fundraising terms from the cancellation of events and Looe Valley Rotary Club has been unable to carry out a number of events that would normally provide vital support to worthy causes.
To help to fill the gap, we have decided to run a virtual swim as a curtain raiser for 2021 in order to raise money in a Covid-secure way, so that the Chestnut Appeal and others won’t entirely miss out on essential funding due to the pandemic.
This event is open to all, regardless of whether originally registered for either the 2020 or 2021 Looe Island Swim.
The virtual swim starts from Looe beach and the aim is to get ‘Sammy the fish’ to Quiberon (Looe’s twin town) based on the efforts of all participants by the end of the event (around Easter). The distance is 255 miles (410kms). Sammy will use up 350 kcals for each mile he swims (a total of 89,250 Kcals) so we ask that you get sponsored to burn at least that many for the cause. Some examples of alternative ways to burn 350 kcals include:
• 35 minutes of walking up and down the stairs
• 1 hour and 45 minutes of easy yoga
• 1 hour and 10 minutes of table tennis
• 25 minutes of skipping
• 1 hour and 5 minutes of dancing
• 1 hour and 45 minutes of housework
• 55 minutes of hiking
• 35 minutes of running