The time has finally come for Malta’s most inspirational young athlete Jake Vella and record-breaker Fabio Spiteri to embark on their 1.7 kilometre swim in aid of a dog shelter tomorrow morning.
The two athletes will meet at 9 am at ‘Simenta’ in St Paul’s Bay where they’ll set off to St Paul’s island and begin their 1.7 kilometre swim back to shore.
The challenge is expected to take roughly one hour and fifteen minutes at an easy pace, but it’s not the time nor speed at which they complete this feat that matters.
Jake and Fabio will take on this challenge in aid of the Association for Abandoned Animals who will be collecting donations on the day towards buying food and medicine for abandoned animals at the shelter.
The event’s sponsor, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, have already donated over €1,000 towards this great cause.
The challenge is also special because it’s another chapter in Jake’s great journey as a sports ambassador and triathlete despite his very rare condition.
Jake has ROHHAD; a condition that means no matter how much he exercises or diets, he keeps gaining weight. There are only around 75 known cases of ROHHAD around the world, but this hasn’t stopped Jake from staying active.
And taking on this challenge tomorrow is another example of just that.
If any of you want to join them in the swim, all you have to do is donate €10 on the day which will go towards AAA.
The rest of us can help support this challenge by donating to the charity via sms using the numbers below:
5061 7350 € 2.33
5061 8060 € 4.66
5061 8910 € 6.99
5061 9200 € 11.65
Let’s help this great cause and make Jake proud!