Friday, September 27, 2013
Swim for Them 2013 has drawn to a close. Like inspiring numbers? 48 swimmers swam 147 miles in the course of raising over $31,000 for 31 charities!
But Swim for Them is not about numbers. Swim for Them is about empowering swimmers to make a difference. It's about creating support opportunities for our community. It's about inspiring our children to help their neighbors in creative ways. More than anything, it's about serving a loving God through loving action.
THANK YOU to our swimmers, our families, and our friends. As we officially close out Swim for Them 2013, enjoy this brief montage. But be ready... 2014 is just around the corner, and we have more growing to do! ;-)
Grace and peace,
PS: The 2013 photo gallery is also ready.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Swim for Them 2012 has drawn to a close, and it's been a year of incredible growth and explosive blessings. Twenty swimmers swam 71 miles in the course of raising over $22,000 for eighteen charities! One of the most special numbers to me is this... Over 460 individual donations were made toward that $22,000 total. That's 460 decisions to help a friend, coworker, or family member make a difference.
But as exciting as those figures are, Swim for Them is not about numbers. Just as we said in 2011, Swim for Them is about empowering swimmers to make a difference. It's about creating support opportunities for our community. It's about inspiring our children to help their neighbors in creative ways. More than anything, it's about serving a loving God through loving action.
Thanks in part to this partnership between swimmers and donors:
- Special needs children will ride horses at Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center
- Heroes will receive treatment through the Wounded Warrior Project
- Animals will receive help from the SBK Animal Center and the JCWC Animal Shelter
- Johnson City women will be helped to by the River Ministry
- Meals will be served to Kingsport's own at the Kitchen of Hope
- Children will receive the blessings of outdoorsmanship through OE4A
- Children will be healed at St Jude
- Children will learn at Miller Perry Elementary
- Second Harvest Food Bank will feed people throughout the Tri-Cities
- Children across the globe will receive education and love through Compassion International
- Local boys will learn lessons in manhood through Rise Up
- Buffalo Mountain Camp will be rebuilt
- Cancer research will be further down the path toward a cure
- Sudanese orphans will watch their new home as it's constructed
- Compassionate Friends will help families as they grieve unimaginable loss
THANK YOU to our swimmers, our families, and our friends. As we officially close out Swim for Them 2012, enjoy this brief montage. But be ready... It might fire you up to swim in 2013, and we have more growing to do! ;-)
Grace and peace,
PS: The 2012 photo gallery is also ready.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The 2012 Swim for Them shirt will be red with white printing. The front will feature the Swim for Them graphic, and logos for our charities and sponsors will be on the back. The 2011 shirt is shown here.
Adult sizes are S, M, L, XL to 5X. Youth sizes run from Y-XS to Y-XL. Cost is $12 per shirt. Add $2 for 2X/3X or $3 for 4X/5X.
Our 2010 and 2011 shirts were a big hit with swimmers and supporters alike. We're working again with Link Promotional, so we know the quality will be excellent.
What do to... If you'd like one or more T-shirts, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your requested shirt quantities and sizes. Shirt orders must be received by 5pm on Friday, Sept 14.
This deadline is coming up soon, so get these orders in ASAP! Make checks payable to Mafair UMC, noting Swim for Them shirts in the memo line. Please give checks to Greg Wellman or Greg Perdue in person or mail them to Greg Wellman, PO Box 511, Kingsport TN 37662.
Hope to see you around town in your Swim for Them shirt!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Swimathon is a UK-based swimming fundraiser. They've been around for about 25 years, and they collectively support two large organizations each year, plus some smaller charities via grant application. Here are some fantastic stats:
- In 2012, they had over 26,000 swimmers!
- These 26,000 swimmers raised over $3.4 million for charity!
- Their top fundraiser, Brian Duncan, raised over $20,000 on his own.
Kudos to Swimathon for putting on an amazing event across the UK. You give us something to aspire to!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
As part of the third annual Swim for Them, Greg Wellman will swim 10 km in support of GRACE Home on October 6, 2012. Greg aims to raise $2,500 for the project, and he needs your help!
For further details on GRACE Home, read on...
War, sickness, and abandonment are among the factors that have created the orphaned population in South Sudan. Many of these children don't attend school and might eat only once each day. Children as young as 6 will often help care for those even younger. The home will help children like these:
- Moses is a one-year-old baby. His mother died three months after he was born, leaving him in the care of his 11-year-old sister.
- Mary, 10, lost both her parents and most of her siblings to HIV/AIDS. She was left in the care of an alcoholic grandmother and is often kept home from school to do chores.
Plans call for a Conference Hall or Activities Building, allowing activities like tutoring, dance and music therapy, or VBS led by missions teams. A social worker will be on staff for counseling. Located on the Yei UMC compound, the home will be fenced and guarded for security.
If you wish to support Greg Wellman in his efforts to raise $2,500 for the GRACE Home, please visit FirstGiving.com. Donating is easy, secure, and tax-deductible. For further information on the GRACE Home, contact the Holston Conference Foundation.
Update (Aug 29, 2012):
We received some news from the coordinators of the Orphanage project. During the process of requesting official approval for use of the land, the local commissioner suggested that a 22 acre plot of land might be given to the orphanage, allowing plenty of space for future sustainable expansion. Also, a website dedicated to reporting on the progress of the orphanage is in the planning stages.
Update (Jan 3, 2013):
Here's the latest from Libby Dearing, currently living in South Sudan and helping to coordinate the orphanage project... A large church in Chattanooga, TN designated their Christmas offering to the orphanage. Together with the previous donations and gifts, there is now enough money to complete the entire building process! We are now fencing the land but it takes a while because it is 200 meters x 200 meters and the holes for the posts have to be dug by hand. Then they have to slash the tall grass by hand before digging the foundation by hand. Since I can't go out everyday, the contractor is taking pictures for me every step of the way. When he brings the first group to me I will send them.