How far can you swim for sharks? Check out our top Finathon fundraisers for inspiration:
Crystal Bali Divers created a Finathon with a twist by hosting the world’s first Funathon. The pool party included fun games, a flash mob dance, raffles, auctions, face painting, auctions and a big BBQ after party. This event raised over $6000 for shark protection and helped Project AWARE reach their $50,000 fundraising goal.
Another record was broken by Master Divers, Thailand. This FINtastic trio swam 22.5km around Koh Tao in 7 hours, 56 minutes! Sensational swimmer Gene completed the first leg of the relay (3.6km) in 1 hour, 15 minutes! A huge congratulations to Finathon Swimming Champs extraordinaire Wilco, Ayesha and Gene. An around-the-island snorkel boat followed the swimmers giving people the chance to snorkel, cheer the swimmers on and look for sharks at sites where they are known to frequent.
In the Philippines, Rick Kirkham’s 7.5km challenge to swim the Verde Island Passage received huge international support. Rick completed the swim from Puerto Galera to Verde Island in a record time of 3 hours. A big shout out to everyone who sponsored Frontier Scuba. Puerto Galera lost their whitetip sharks from over-fishing but gained thresher sharks, which visit every winter — but thresher sharks are not protected. Rick wants to see the thresher population grow and the whitetip reef sharks come back. Along with fundraising for Project AWARE, he is petitioning the Mayor to protect all shark species in Puerto Galera.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported our Finathon champions around the world, who have clocked more than 400 kilometers swimming to end finning. Find out more about hosting Finathon at your local dive club, resort or dive centre.