James Garvey says he has been planning the idea for the past two years and is now close to pulling it off.
James will now compete the epic swim in aid of cystic fibrosis which will take a him a colossal 18 hours.
James has chosen Ballyshannon Swimming pool for the swim marathon after staff there were very into him.
“It will be no easy feat, but i believe this it what it will take to get the attention from the public that we need to help raise the funds to make a difference for people with cystic fibrosis. You can imagine the amount of training that this is going to take, when you think about it, this swim is nearly same length as a marathon, and will take me around 18 hours to complete,” he said.
James, who is from Castlederg, says Ballyshanon swimming Pool have really got behind the project,” he said.”
I was looking for a swimming pool that would be kind enough to give me a lane in there pool for 18 hours, luckily i found ‘Ballyshannon Leisure Centre’, who in all honestly could not have been any more accommodating and helpful with the whole idea of opening the swimming pool at 4am, to let me start the 22 mile swim. I can not thank them enough,” he said.
All the funds raised will be going to cystic fibrosis charities both in the south and north of Ireland.
Cystic fibrosis or CF, is an inherited disease of the secretory glands. Secretory glands include glands that make mucus and sweat”Inherited” means the disease is passed from parents to children through genes. People who have CF inherit two faulty genes for the disease—one from each parent. The parents likely don’t have the disease themselves.
CF mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs.
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