Nine-year-old Liam Daly is two things, a swimmer and lover of the environment. Yesterday, he put his talent to work for the cause and probably broke a national record doing it.
Basically, Liam swam the Malta-Gozo channel to raise awareness about the danger of plastic in our precious seas.
The courageous Gozitan boy managed to take on the challenge… in just over two hours and even raised €790 doing it.
All the proceeds he collects will go directly to Nature Trust Malta, an organisation dedicated to the conservation of our natural landscape and lobbying its protection.
He is also probably the youngest swimmer to ever complete the impressive challenge.
“With his good heart and great love for sports Liam succeeded in his swim between Malta and Gozo,” his father wrote on their campaign page called ‘Liam’s Swim: Keep the Sea Plastic Free’.
“We are all so proud of you Liam not just for your great performance but for your determination!”
Liam’s challenge didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, he got an outpour of supportive messages from across the globe.
“Words cannot express his gratitude. He was literally inundated with cheering messages from all over the world. Liam loved every one of them. A massive thank you goes out to all our friends and supporters near and far, especially to all those who helped make Liam’s dream come true.”
This isn’t the first time Liam swam Malta’s seas to raise awareness.
Last November, despite monstrous waves and rough weather, he swam from Comino to Gozo, smashing through nearly 2km… in just under an hour.
Congratulations Liam, you’ve shown us all what determination and dedication to sport can achieve!
Perhaps the young athlete will follow in the footsteps of Neil Agius in the coming years. Hopefully, Lovin Malta will get to make a documentary out of that journey, too.
If you want to support the cause, you are still in time to donate through IRevolut or BOV on mobile: 00356 99424975 or through paypal on https://paypal.me/shamrockstars.