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What I do: As a teenager, I used to volunteer every summer for the Red Cross as a lifeguard. I don't have the time for that anymore, but the Red Cross can always use our help. Therefore, I now do long-distance, open-water swims (10km to 15km at a time) to encourage people to donate to the Red Cross. I assure you that clicking that donate button is easier than swimming in open water for hours on end (plus the daily training).
Here's why: Catastrophes (natural and human-caused) happen, and for the most part, they occur when least expected. Relief and Aid organizations need to be prepared to help those in need on a moment's notice. The Red Cross does exactly this, but they need your continued support through proactive donations to be prepared to act at any time. Quick action saves more lives.
The humanitarian aid of the German Red Cross knows no boundaries. Whether it is flooding, earthquakes, famines, epidemics or armed conflicts, it does not matter where their help is needed - the only thing that counts is to help other people in need. Thanks to your support, the Red Cross can help immediately when they are needed. If you take a quick look at the Red Cross website, you'll see the invaluable work that Red Cross volunteers do worlwide day in and day out for the last 150 years!
How it works: I do my swims. Then I post the info on this page for you and other potential donors to see - hopefully encouraging you to click that donate button at the top or at the bottom of this page.
You've made it this far. Now, if you agree that the Red Cross does great, and much needed work, please consider supporting them with a donation. Donating through the betterplace.org platform is safe and simple, and 100% of your donation goes to the Red Cross. Nothing goes to me - my travel costs, registration fees, etc. come out of my own pocket.
And that's all. Hopefully, you'll donate any amount of money to the Red Cross through this page (or at least share this initiative with your friends via social media). That will encourage me to go swimming those grueling long swims. And hopefully this will in turn encourage others to donate and share :) Virtuous circle anyone?
What's next: Please keep an eye on the News section - I post updates as new developments take place. When you donate, you can choose to receive these updates automatically via email.
NOTE: this platform does no longer allow me to post any images in my written updates. Therefore, I've created a Facebook Page where you can follow the same updates, only with pictures! Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/APMarathonSwims/
Thank you all for your support! :)
A. Prado hat diese Spendenaktion am 03. Juli 2017 veröffentlicht.