How willing are you to put your body on the line to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our seas? Maltese swimming superstar Neil Agius has set out on an incredibly ambitious mission… to swim in open water from Sicily to Malta.
Neil has made a name for himself as a environmental hero, setting up the #WaveOfChange challenge along with other swimmers to raise awareness on the danger of single-use plastic.
Last year, Neil managed to swim 70km around Malta’s borders in 22 hours and this year he swam around Gozo. If he manages to complete the Malta-Sicily challenge, which is over 100km, he will become the first person to swim between the two islands since Nicky Farrugia did so in 1985.
Neil revealed his crazy plans during the final episode of Lovin Malta’s series ’21 Questions’, where we stick a local star in a car with Chucky for some serious interrogating.
Supported by Gasan Zammit, Chucky and Neil cruised around in an Isuzu DMAX, a swanky pick-up truck, to chat all things plastic, swimming, and dogs.
We also got to learn about what makes Neil tick
- He has a dog called Goose
- His favourite city is Berlin
- He thinks the fact that he can swim forever is a hidden talent
- He hates single-use plastic
- He said his favourite book is called ‘Water’s Edge’
- The book is actually called ‘Chasing Water’ so…
- He’s a big Jake Vella fan
- He knows how to cook Bao Buns
Keep your eyes peeled because there’s more to come from Neil in the near future as he uses his talents to promote the abolition of single-use plastic.
And if you want to take part in the #WaveOfChange, you can. And you don’t even need to swim to Sicily to do it. All you have to do is pick up at least three pieces of plastic litter that you find running around, post a picture on Facebook, tag three of your friends and ask them to do the same.
You can also keep up with Neil’s adventures, as well as whole load of other environmental heroes, over on the #WaveOfChange Facebook page.
And if you liked the look of the Isuzu DMAX, it is available at the Gasan Zammit showroom over in Mrieħel. With five years’ warranty, a towing capacity of 3400kg, tinted windows, no fewer than eight speakers, and a very decent price-tag, it is Malta’s best-selling pick-up truck and for good reason.
Until then, thank you all for tuning in to watch ’21 Questions’ with us, and we’ll catch you the next time we need to film Chucky driving a car.
And if you’ve forgotten how the series went down, here’s a quick recap.
This is Chucky with fashionista Carina Camilleri and model Karly Naudi
Here’s Chucky with YouTuber AllAboutCharlene
Here he is with Panto-Dame extraordinaire Alan Montanaro
This is Chucky with singing sister duo The New Victorians
And here he is with charity organiser and athlete Nathan Farrugia