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Talk about an icy swim that can melt your heart! Fresh Guinness World Record holder and swimmer with purpose, Howard Warrington has completed his 161th Robben Island — Blouberg crossing swim, dedicated to keeping Heartlands Baby Sanctuary going.


Cape Town, South Africa (05 October 2023) — Imagine dipping into waters a few degrees shy of single digits and swimming the entire Robben Island — Blouberg crossing in those icy temperatures. Now, imagine doing that nearly 200 times on different occasions. Feel those goosebumps yet?

This might be a never-would-I-ever situation for many, but for Howard Warrington, it’s the reason he’s broken world records. Better yet, Howard has had purpose-driven reasons fuelling his swims; many of which are so heartwarming they could heat up even the coldest oceans.

In fact, his 150th swim which earned him his place in World Record history for 2022, was dedicated to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, where he raised a fortune of over R100 000 for animal heroes and the lives they care for.

His 160th Robben Island — Blouberg crossing saw him earn a Guinness World Record title recently, while swim number 161 took place just over the weekend. Described as a ‘tad cold’ by Howard at a degree range projected between 10 and 14 degrees, it followed a similar heartwarming flow.

There, he and a few friends teamed up to tackle swim 161 with a huge purpose beyond records—to keep the Heartlands Baby Sanctuary going.

Heartlands Baby Sanctuary, based in Somerset West provides a safe haven for abandoned and neglected babies by supporting them until the age of 6—no spare change task.

Facing financially tough times, Howard and fellow swimmers joined forces to raise awareness and funds to turn Heartlands’ situation from trying to triumphant.

The fundraising mission is still underway (you can support it here) and we eagerly await to hear of all the support projected to cross over to young lives who sorely need it.

Sources: Heartlands Baby Sanctuary; Howard Warrington
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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