The Swim Chix Dream Team

Just under 13kms of swimming in a murky dam (yes, I’ve just spent time on Lake Malawi, and Midmar is murky!), with thousands of fellow swimmers, possibly wavy and certainly cold – why would you do this, asks this editor, who is afraid of slush underfoot, and a preference for crystal clear high visibility water?

The Challenge: The Midmar Mile is made up of 8 events, team family, different ages, male female, disabled and so on. The Pink Drive Challenge is to swim all eight events over the two days. This makes it a total of 12.8 kilometres of swimming …..

If you are a member of the Pink Chix swim team, have a heart as big as a planet and are driven bya worthy cause that has the added bonus of creating new bonds, and possibly a nymph-like silhouette, you would take up swimming. A group of 7 local ladies have taken up the Pink Drive Challenge, motivated by their coach and fellow-swimmer Kathy Boast, and will complete these 12.8kms over the Midmar Mile weekend in February 2014.

Kathy Boast (a swimming cach and kettle bells fitness instructor), Jenny van Rooyen, Janet Viedge, Kath McFarland, Julie Hay, Vanessa Gurney, Gina Clowes make up this intrepid group of seven Swim Chix. As one of them put it “we are normal people, not gym bunnies or professional swimmers, trying to do something out of the ordinary for a good cause”. They are all Moms, with children ranging in age from pre-school to post school, and some, prior to this, would never have called themselves swimmers! Kath Boast has been an amazing coach, and positive influence on us in our training efforts” says Kath McFarland, “even sending us the training routine by sms, if we happen to miss a session!”

Besides fitting the three mornings a week training routine into their busy schedules, the swimmers have had to organise fundraising events in order to reach the obligatory personal sponsorship goal of a minimum of R10 000.00. So far a Swimathon at at the Seals Pool where all Kathy Boasts’ Swimchix, family and friends were invited to take part and collect sponsors per lengt, raised R100 000.00. One hundred and fifty swimmers took part and 4 600 lengths were swum. A Merchiston Cake sale raised R7 446.30 and the fundraising efforts will continue until the Midmar Mile weekend. Spontaneous donations have been coming in and the swimmers look forward to being able to hand over enough money to be able to help PInk drive invest in a new mobile truck unit/clinic to help educate people about early detection in breast,testicular and prostate cancer.

The Swimchix will be swimming in the PinkDrive 8 mile gear – look out for them, in every event, on both days! They deserve a special cheer.

Should anyone wish to add to the fundraising efforts of this Swim Chix dream team please contact Kath McFarland on 0836304133 or email her on

South Africa’s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive is the indispensable, tangible breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) powering South Africa’s first mobile PinkDrive Mammography Unit and PinkDrive Educational Unit through our country, driving home the fact that ‘Early Detection Saves Lives’.

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The Swim Chix in training, depicted by local artist Nicci Crawford. Oil on canvas, 580mm by 1010mm. The artist will offer the painting to the Swim Chix to use for fundraising. Her email address is