Solidarity Wave: Swim and Help Crete’s Earthquake Victims

An organized swim at Spinalonga, off Crete, will take place next week to support the locals whose homes were damaged or destroyed in last week's earthquake.



Solidarity Wave

Attendance for swimmers: 15:30
Start time: 16:00

A call for action has been put out by the Cultural Sports Organization of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, on the island of Crete. Next weekend, on Saturday, October 16th, “anyone who can swim” is called upon to take part in an organized open water swim at the islet of Spinalonga dubbed the “Solidarity Wave”, in support of those affected by the destructive earthquake on the island on September 27. The quake left over 3000 homes unsafe for habitation, according to engineering teams on site, and left significant damage on many commercial and public buildings, and places of worship.

Rather than a competitive race, where money must be spent on medals and awards, the swim will not be timed, and all proceeds which will go to helping those in need.

Please beware that all participants must be able to present either a certificate of complete vaccination completed at least 14 days before the race, a rapid test taken within the previous 48 hours, or PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.

There will be two distances marked, for 2 kilometers and 3 kilometers. To help by registering for either costs €15. Find the schedule and safety regulations, and register for the race here.

Update: A virtual event will take place for those who would like to help but are unable to travel. Information about how to take part in other parts of the world will be added to the Race Finder page linked above.

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