Icy Swimmer
Photo Credit: Howard Warrington

If you squirm at the thought of taking a cold shower, you’d probably think icy swimmer Howard Warrington (who swam an infamously cold crossing 200 times) is a madman. Well, the method to his madness has certainly paid off and warmed hearts across the country—Howard has helped raise over R200,000 for animals in need!


Cape Town, South Africa (08 July 2024) — It’s been nothing short of a hero’s journey for conquerer of icy waters, Howard Warrington, who recently became the world’s first swimmer to complete 200 swims across the Robben Island to Blouberg crossing. The icy swimmer was steadfast in his mission: complete the record number of swims and help as many animals as possible. And that’s exactly what he has done!

Some might remember that Howard’s first 100 swims were also completed with tail-wagging intentions in 2022. Then, he raised over R120,000 for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in a feel-good story that still warms our hearts.

As of the end of June, Howard gave hearts across Cape Town and the country even more reason to warm up in the winter cold when he finished his 200 ‘Swims for Survival’ challenge. The pending Guinness World Record aside, the core of the cause was to help financially support the Cape of Hope SPCA to whom the countdown to 200 swims was dedicated. 

In breaking good news, Howard’s efforts helped raise over R200,000 for the animal welfare organisation to the tune of R202,438.10 after communities of animal lovers responded to the call.

Thanks to Howard and every single drop that made up the donation amount, the SPCA’s Animal Hospital can now be supported, as can more Cape animals in need.

“Every cent will flow directly toward the treatment of stray animals and pets belonging to families in need,” the Cape of Good Hope SPCA confirmed. 

We’re all crying enough happy tears to fill a new crossing for Howard to swim across.

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA; Howard Warrington 
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

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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