FREEZING WITH A PURPOSE: THOMAS SMITH CHARITY SWIM RAISES €8,000

In aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund, the 19th Thomas Smith Charity Swim managed to raise €8,000 on Sunday. Out of this amount, €5700 from swimmers’ family and friends. On top of that, Thomas Smith added and rounded up the amount to €8000. Ever since its inception, the Group, together with the swimmers’ donations have collected just over €110,000.

Over 200 swimmers, 52 female and 154 male, braved the wind and cold winter sea in Sliema to raise funds for charitable causes. In a brief address to the swimmers before they jumped into the cold sea, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca thanked everyone for their support to the Malta Community Chest Fund. She commended Thomas Smith Group for organising the Charity Swim on an annual basis and thanked the Company for contributing towards the final amount donated. The President presented medals to all the 206 participating swimmers after they completed the swim.

The swimmers varied in age: Eva Testa Bickle, three years old, was the youngest registered participant, following in her sister’s footsteps also named the youngest swimmer in 2014, at three years old. The youngest male swimmer was Benjamin Alamango, 6 years old, while Mr. Wilfred Pirotta, 81, and Marlene Attard, 74, were the oldest registered male and female swimmers.

The 2017 Thomas Smith Charity Swim was supported by the Sliema Local Council, Civil Protection Department, Malta Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance, Malta Police Force, Drinks n’ More, X-Zone, H2Only, Għaqda Dilettanti Sajd Sliema, Vertex Vending Services, Deejay Arthur Garrett, WAVA, HIVE, Karl Borg Events, Giorgio’s, Cara’s, Clyde Dolceria, Venscic Ltd., as well as many other supporters. Held every year since 1999 under the patronage of the President of the Republic, the swim is held every year under the patronage of the Office of the President.

Thomas Smith is a group of companies offering a diversified portfolio of services in shipping, logistics, and insurance. With operations in Malta, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia, Thomas Smith Group leverages Malta’s strategic location to provide a host of professional and logistics services for individuals, SME’s and industry.

Joe Gerada, together with Liana Cachia, Group HR & Marketing Manager, and organiser of the Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim, will present the cheque to H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace on Thursday 21st December.