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April 23, 2013

Sterling EQ musician tackles Cape Point swim to raise money for fight against cancer

Carina Bruwer gets ready ahead of her swim. Photo courtesy Little Fighters Cancer Trust

Carina Bruwer makes her way round Cape Point during her Swim For Hope. Photo courtesy Little Fighters Cancer Trust

She battled the icy waters of the open ocean, choppy waves and even a kelp forest ... but Carina Bruwer, lead flautist in local female instrumental pop group Sterling EQ, still completed an 8km swim around Cape Point earlier today.

Carina is a former record-setting open-water and marathon swimmer, and has had experience in ocean swimming – still, she braved a very dangerous stretch of coastline in nothing but a regular swimming costume and cap (the water was as cold as 12°C during her swim).

And it was all for a good cause: Carina is raising money for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, which offers support for families of children living with the disease.

"The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is very close to my heart and inspired me to return to the water," Bruwer recently told The People's Post.

"I have two young daughters and there is nothing more frightening than the thought of something happening to your child. Innocent children (battling cancer) have to live with that reality every day. The trust steps in to offer essential support to these families."

Swim For Hope – the name of the event – started at Dias Beach and ended in Buffel's Bay. Bruwer's support team consisted of members of the Cape Town Long Distance Swimming Association, the founders of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), and her fellow Sterling EQ members, who were proud to see her finish.

Mandie Erasmus from Little Fighters said "Carina’s determination and strength during the swim matched that of the children fighting cancer everyday. Being a part of her support crew today has inspired the LFCT team to keep pushing harder at what we do. She fought tides, survived severe water temperatures and even managed to make it through the fishing nets of crayfish poachers. We cannot express the gratitude we feel after witnessing her in action today – truly heroic!"

It's not too late to donate to this great initiative – visit the Back A Buddy website to make your online donation now.

Congratulations Carina!

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