Photo Credit: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Champion of the Robben Island to Blouberg crossing Howard Warrington is preparing for another icy plunge—his 200th! As it is so often for Howard, this swim isn’t just dedicated to making history. It could also be a lifeline for the many animals he has dedicated Swim 200 to!


Cape Town, South Africa (24 May 2024) — Champion of icy waters and cold crossings Howard Warrington is readying himself to take the plunge once again in what will be his 200th time doing the Robben Island to Blouberg crossing!

A historic moment in the making, Howard has broken ample records for his icy strokes. His 150th swim earned him his place in World Record history in 2022, while in 2023 he broke a Guinness World Record for swim 160 (something Howard described humbly as a ‘tad cold’ for waters between 10 and 14 degrees).

In the months that followed, Howard undertook many more swims and is almost at 200. But, the 200th plunge isn’t just dedicated to making history (he would be the first man to complete the crossing 200 times). As it so often is for the athlete, there’s a bigger push behind the plunge.

In 2022, Howard dedicated 100 swims to animals in an epic way (he raised a fortune for them!). Last year, the Heartlands Baby Sanctuary were in his heart as he crossed the sea.

This time, the swimmer has dedicated his upcoming crossing to the lives of animals once again, and at a critical time for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Through his swim, he hopes to throw a buoy of hope to the animal welfare heroes by raising funds for their animal hospital.

“The stakes have never been higher for our animal hospital where we face a daily tidal wave of challenges. With an annual loss exceeding 5 million Rand and a projected influx of over 23000 stray and surrendered animals in the coming year, the need for your life-saving support has never been more critical. Without your help, we’ll be in a sea of uncertainty,” shared the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Considering that the countdown to 100 swims surpassed its goal of R100 000, hope is soaring that the same can happen again!

Donations to support Swim4Survival can be made here.

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA 
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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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