June 25th is World Swim Against Malaria Day. You can either swim on the day or swim afterwards and raise money to reduce the number of deaths worldwide from Malaria.
Currently, up to 3 million people a year die of Malaria, 70 per cent of them children under 5. Yet just $5 is enough to buy a mosquito net that could save their lives.
This year Swim Against Malaria hopes to get a million people swimming a combined total of 40,000km – enough to go around the circumference of the earth. To register your swim go to the World Swim Against Malaria website where you can enter your country, distance and amount of money pledged.
As an added incentive, Speedo is giving away 35,000 pieces of swimwear (see the items here) to World Swim Against Malaria. All you have to do to get an item is donate a minimum of $5 (the cost of 1 net). Donating over $20 will get you the maximum 4 items. All you pay for is postage and packaging.
Several Speedo-sponsored swimmers will be taking part in raising money. So far Liam Tancock, Rebecca Adlington and Filippo Magnini have all signed up for a Swim Against Malaria. You can see the details here.