I’m Carina Bruwer – South African musician, swimmer, business owner, mother of three, and founder of Swim For Hope - an initiative through which I (and other swimmers) can raise funds and awareness for worthy organisations in South Africa, by simply doing what we love.
My current Swim For Hope beneficiary is Muzukidz, an amazing organization through which children from townships around Cape Town are given the opportunity to learn to play the violin! In September, I completed a rather epic 21km "Triple Country" swim from Nice (France) to Ventimiglia (Italy), via Monaco! This was the first ultra-distance swim I did since my little son was born 2 years ago, and with rough water and unfavourable currents all the way, it was certainly a challenge, but I am loving being back in the ocean and am AMPED to do more for Muzukidz; I have seen the hope in the eyes of the parents and grandparents of the children who benefit from this program and for me, that is enough.
I believe that giving a child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument goes way beyond the ability to make music or the possibility of being a musician one day. Music stimulates the brain in a very special way; in fact studies have shown that children who do 14 months of musical training displayed more powerful structural and functional brain changes. Imagine what this can do for a young child who comes from a poor background and who has limited opportunities and a limited support structure. I am convinced that organisations like Muzukidz are helping to mould our future leaders, inventors and change makers.
So, through Swim For Hope for Muzukidz, we would like to raise awareness about the organisation and the amazing potential that is here in South Africa’s youth. And we would like to raise funds in order to grow Muzukidz, to give more children the opportunity to learn the violin and to have a more positive, more hopeful tomorrow.
If you are inspired, as I am, please consider donating towards Muzukidz. Each and every Rand raised will go towards creating more opportunities and reaching more children...