Chilly season has finally landed in Malta, and most of us are currently only thinking about how many layers we’re throwing on top of us when we go to bed. But for those who are ready to brave the chilly sea, one of the year’s most awesome initiatives is finally back!
The highly anticipated Thomas Smith Charity Swim is upon us once more for its 21st edition, and 21 years later, it’s bigger than ever.
Hundreds of half-naked people will congregate at Independence Garden in Sliema for an ice-cold dip in the mid-December sea. And as crazy as it may sound, this Christmas plunge is organised in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, so it’s all for a great cause.
This year’s Charity Swim will take place on the 29th of December at 10:30am, but you’ll need to be there at 9:30am to register.
In order to avoid the hassle of filling in a registration form in 10°C weather, you can download it now, fill it and take it to the desk on the day.
Given the strong track record of kids joining in on this fun and charitable event, we expect a good showing this year too. If so, they’ll need to fill out a minors form too.
This isn’t a race but more of a “Do you have what it takes to brave the chilling seas?” kind of thing, but we don’t discourage some friendly competition either!
But the real competition lies in the efforts people make to donate towards the Community Chest Fund, which you can do on the day.
If you can’t make it, then you can still support those swimming by donating to the following account:
HSBC Bank (Malta) PLC,
32 Merchants Street Valletta.
Account No: 033-080037-002
Swift Code: MMEBMTMT
IBAN No: MT04MMEB44336000000033080037002
Though the swim may be the highlight of the morning, it’s the socialising and bonding that happens before and after that has made it such a revered event.
Swimmers and their supportive friends and family will gather for some post-plunge sandwiches, coffee and for those who just can’t handle the cold, whiskey.
I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than taking on new challenges and braving the cold seas.
You’ll be helping a good cause whilst also taking some time to enjoy the company of your friends and family. Also, let’s be honest, it really isn’t that cold…