Midmar Mile Good Samaritans
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22-year-old Wits Student Chizembi Sakulanda is marking the 10th year since his first Midmar Mile swim by doing it twice for Mental Health.


KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (26 January 2023) – 22-year-old, Master’s student Chizembi Sakulanda is taking on a big swim at the 50th annual aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg. He is planning to do the Midmar… twice!

After swimming his first Midmar when he was just a young boy ten years ago. He has taken part in four Midmar Miles during his schooling years and is now challenging himself to do it again, this time for charity.

“Well, here I am approaching 10 years from my first Midmar swim and I am looking to do it again. Only this time I would like to mark the occasion by raising funds for two organisations that work in areas that are close to my heart.”

The aQuellé Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open-water swimming event. There are two swimming events one can take part in, the charity swim, which takes place on the 9th and 10th of February, 2023 and the main race, which takes place on the 11th and 12th of February.

The South African Federation for Mental Health took a chance to speak to Chizembi Sakulanda about taking part in the Midmar Mile in the name of raising awareness for social justice issues, including mental health.

Having struggled with his own mental health at points in his life, he has seen how access to support and being able to speak to family is not an option everyone has. By supporting this cause, he can make sure people have access to support.

Not only is Chizembi doing the event for the South African Federation for Mental Health, he is also supporting the  Centre for Environmental Rights.

His goal is to complete two races and raise R10,000. He has managed to raise 51% of his goal so far. Should you wish to support Chizembi, you can do so via GivenGain here.

Sources: SAFMH
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