Michael Phelps is to take to the water on June 25th as part of this year’s World Swim Against Malaria.
The world’s largest participatory swim event, it aims to attract up to a million participants, with every penny raised spent on the purchase and distribution of protective nets to prevent the spread of one of the world’s most deadly diseases in Africa and other affected regions.
Speedo has supported World Swim Against Malaria since 2005, a period which has seen a total of more than $2 million raised and almost one million people protected from malaria.
With Speedo swimmers having so far covered a total distance of 13,059 kilometres, Speedo is this year aiming to recruit enough swimmers to swim 40,074 kilometres – the distance around the world.
Announcing his support for the cause, Michael Phelps said:“I’m honoured to join Speedo in an effort to organise a swim around the world in support of Swim Against Malaria and help stop the spread of this deadly disease.
“I hope that we encourage as many people as possible to join Team Speedo on June 25th to complete the round the world swim for this great cause.”
Speedo has already announced its continued support of the cause by donating 35,000 items of men’s, women’s and children’s swimwear to those who participate in the swim. By registering at www.worldswimagainstmalaria.com/speedo, swimmers can claim an item of swimwear for each $5(US) they donate, up to a maximum of four pieces, with only postage and packaging payable.
To find out more information about World Swim Against Malaria and how to get involved visit the website: www.worldswimagainstmalaria.com/speedo