Swimmers brave chilly Swan River in Dare to Care fundraiser for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis

Nigel Wake and Gary Claydon. Pictures: Susan Wake
Nigel Wake and Gary Claydon. Pictures: Susan Wake

WALK a mile in someone else’s shoes. How about swim a kilometre to see what cystic fibrosis is like?

Conquer Cystic Fibrosis, a volunteer run Perth charity, has organised a charity swim across a 1km stretch of the Swan River.

Held on Saturday, August 25, swimmers participating in the “Dare To Care” swim will face the frigid water conditions without wetsuits, rashies or swimming aids.

Event organisers say the swim will “take your breath away”, a small insight into life with cystic fibrosis.

Nigel Wake and Gary Claydon. Pictures: Susan Wake

The genetic condition affects 3300 Australians and there is no cure.

The gene is recessive and about 1 million Australians carry it.

People with the condition have an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system.

Sorrento resident Nigel Wake (63)was motivated to swim by a family friend, who has been dealing with the condition her entire life.

Mr Wake has completed a solo swim to Rottnest, but said swimming in 10 degree water, in nothing but speedos and goggles, would be tough.

“This swim is actually going to be a challenge,” Mr Wake said.

Susan Wake, Nigel’s wife, is a committee member for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis.

She said Conquer Cystic Fibrosis was 100 per cent not for profit.

“Every cent goes to the research,” Ms Wake said.

“Last year we raised $428,550.81.

“This helps fund a Cystic Fibrosis research program in partnership with the Institute of Respiratory Health in Nedlands.”

In the 1960s the life expectancy of sufferers was six years, now it is 37.

The swim is a charity event, not a race. There are also no entry fees, but swimmers must pledge to raise at least $500.

For more information, visit www.conquercysticfibrosis.com