The Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim, held under the patronage of the Office of the President, is scheduled on the 17th of December. Now in its 19th year, this fixture in Malta’s calendar of events will once again be held off the pier by Independence Garden, Sliema. The Christmas swim is organised in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

Although the swim was cancelled last year due to weather conditions that would have been hazardous to swimmers, it nonetheless managed to raise €5,000 for the Malta Community Chest Fund. The money collected through public donations was topped up by Thomas Smith Group and its staff. Ever since its inception, the Group, together with the swimmers’ donations, have raised just over €102,000 for the charity initiative.

This year the public is encouraged to grab their favourite swimsuit and brave the cold waters to help those in need. Registration starts at 09.30 and the swim is to commence at 10.30. A registration form may be retrieved from Thomas Smith Group’s website ( and, by contacting Thomas Smith offices on 22-058-058, or by emailing

The organisers welcome any contribution. Family, friends and colleagues are urged to sponsor swimmers for their heroic gesture. Those who cannot attend yet still wish to donate to this cause, may send a blank SMS to 50618178 (€4.66) or 50619279 (€11.65); or a bank transfer to the following account: HSBC Bank (Malta) plc, 32, Merchants Street, Valletta. Account No.: 033-080037-002; Swift Code: MMEBMTMT; IBAN No. : MT04MMEB44336000000033080037002.

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