Two 15-year old boys from Cape Town who are strong youth activists for mental health awareness is hosting a swim-a-thon to raise funds for this cause.
Christopher Kleynhans and Reece Slade are about to host their third annual 12 hour swim-a-thon to raise funds and awareness under the banner of “Swim For Change” which was founded by the two boys in 2015.
Two swim-a-thons will take place this year, one on 9 March at Wynberg Boys’ High School and the other one on 13 April at the Reddam House in Constantia.
The aim is to raise enough money to be able to pay for expert speakers to visit schools to speak about anxiety and teen suicide.
The Director of Swim For Change Cathy Slade says they are two exceptional boys who have also formed a Non-Profit Organisation, called Earth Kids Org, which focuses on youth-led environmental issues, greening public space, recycling and reducing single-use plastic.
The boys also continue to be mentors in the Chaeli Campaign “Pay It Forward” programme.
With all the above, the boys have been recognised as “change makers” and have been nominated this year for the KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize Award.
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