Over the past three weeks, we have watched the buzz and excitement grow as four community members embarked on a journey to swim across all nine lakes on Cortes Island in one day! With almost 10km of swimming and several hikes, boat, and car rides en route, the shear logistics of this venture is something to be amazed about. Working behind the scenes, I also watched how Carrie, Mark, Bianca, and Andrew put many hours into training and scouting in order to access the more remote lakes on their journey.
With all of your support and encouragement, these swimmers have succeeded in achieving their goal! After their 14-hour day, all four swimmers emerged at the Sandy Beach at 6:30pm, gleaming with smiles and an almost indescribable glow. They were glistening with that vital shine that always remains after swimming in these pristine waters. A large crowd drummed and cheered them in to shore and there was a strong sense of celebration in the air. With incredible grace, gratitude, and a vast amount of joy, these swimmers have succeeded in raising over $13,000 towards the stewardship of Hague & Gunflint Lakes.
These funds are going to make a significant difference in our ability to carry out necessary testing and to develop solutions for sustaining the health and vitality of these freshwater ecosystems. The first round of tests taking place in August and February is going to cost upwards of $5,500. With the high price of lab analysis, all of your contributions are incredibly important and are an investment in the future well-being of these lakes and the entire Cortes community.
Thank you to Carrie, Mark, Bianca, and Andrew for your inspired commitment, and to the long list of supporters who helped make this event a success.
Please stay tuned throughout the week for the swimmers’ accounts of their journey!
We will keep the donation platform open so if you missed the Nine Lake sponsorship window, you can still make a donation directly into the Lake Stewardship Fund by going to: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/7414
Or you can mail a cheque to:
Friends of Cortes Island Society
PO Box 278, Manson’s Landing, BC, V0P1K0
Memo: Lake Stewardship Fund
Thank you to everyone for your contributions and to our list of swim supporters:
~ The whole Braaten family for shuttling, guiding, and feeding the swimmers
~ Jason Andrews for preparing 143 sandwiches and cake!
~ Justine Sawicz for providing kayak and en route support
~ Christine Robinson for guiding the swimmers to Delight and Nutshell
~ Georgina Silby and Kevin Peacey for en route support and photo documentation
~ Henry, Elijah and Bluejay Lake Farm for warmly welcoming the swimmers
~ Lovena Harvey for showing up with tea for the swimmers at BlueJay Lake
~ Rick Ingrasi, Victoria Watson Jill Purce, Tom and the Anvil Lake welcome crew
~ The Block family for the fresh Sockeye Salmon
~ Kirsten Vidulich for preparing an amazing meal for the swimmers
~ Hannu Huuskonen for serenading us
~ Mary Lavalle for helping coordinate the reception and clean-up
~ Deanne and Andrew for helping organize the fantastic children’s puppet show!
~ Cortes Natural Food Co-op for donations of coconut water, snacks, and a venue
~ Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association for hosting the Nine Lake Swim page on ourcortes.com
~ Cortes Tideline for featuring the event page and articles
~ CKTZ Cortes Community Radio for helping us promote the event
~ And all of the other behind-the-scenes supporters who helped keep the swimmers happy and inspired!
Long live the lakes!