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#WaveOfChange: 5 Brave Athletes Are Swimming Around Gozo Right Now To Fight Against Polluted Seas

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Early this morning, five people decided to push their bodies to the extreme just to show you what humanity’s littering has done to our beautiful Maltese seas.

The #WaveofChange campaign started with a simple challenge: everyone heads to the sea and picks up three pieces of trash while nominating three others to do the same.

However, it soon snowballed into something much bigger, and today, four Maltese men and one Maltese woman jumped into the sea at 3.15am to start a tough 35km swim around Gozo.

The swimmers – Richard Zerafa, Neil Agius, Steven Grech, Andrew Azzopardi and Hannah Cutajar – had to cover their bodies in a protective layer of cream ahead of the challenge, and have been training for months for this day.

But their passion for the environment, and drive to combat plastic pollution in Maltese seas, is more than enough to keep pushing them forward as they head towards the finishing line.

The five of them set off from Ħondoq Bay in Gozo at around 3:15am this morning

45 mins in and it was time to eat – water and some homemade stuffed dates were on the menu

By around 5.15am, they had reached Ta’ Ċenċ

 

With no major issues thus far, the swimmers headed towards Dwejra

Spirits were high six hours into the gruelling swim

Unfortunately, one of the swimmers was forced to pull out due to health reasons

But the swim must go on, and the four remaining swimmers kept their pace up

Online, people, politicians and companies praised the swimmers for their incredible act

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