An arts manager is spending March swimming 100 miles – the distance between her childhood home of Jamaica and the devastated island of Haiti.
Jeanette Bain-Burnett has been swimming morning, noon and night in a bid to raise £3,000 for Unicef’s earthquake appeal. The 31-year-old director of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora was moved by the disaster.
Ms Bain-Burdett, who was born in London but grew up in Jamaica, is swimming three miles or more a day. Her day job running a dance organisation means she is no stranger to raising funds, and she is determined to complete her latest challenge.
“I try to work out at the gym as much as I can,” she told The Islington Gazette. “But I’ve never done anything like this before.
“I swim morning and evening most days and I have a few all-dayers ahead of me, if I’m going to meet my 100-mile target by March 31.
“It’s a huge mental and physical challenge for me and I will probably be permanently looking like a prune, but I wanted to do something extraordinary for this cause.”
Ms Bain-Burdett also hopes her efforts will inspire others.
To sponsor Ms Bain-Burdett go to www.justgiving.com/swimhaiti.