Many swimmers and many open water swimming events around the world aim to support a local, regional, national or international causes. Swimmers attempt charity swims on behalf of social causes, environmental causes, ecological causes, political causes or medical research.
Swimmers swim while supporters donate their time, talents or money.
Some swimmers promote their favorite causes and support legislation or engage an army of volunteers for everything from beach clean-ups to campaigns to establish marine protected areas.
Salvatore Cimmino is one of those swimmers. The amputee swimmer from Italy is brilliantly strategic, unselfishly courageous and passionately relentless in his Swimming in the Seas of the Globe campaign (A Nuoto nei Mari del Globo).
His global swimming tour to promote disability awareness does not end at simple efforts to raise awareness and funds. His tour is an ongoing campaign to deliver opportunities, equipment and services.
Cimmino knows well himself the daily difficulties faced by amputees after he lost his right leg at the age of 15 due to cancer. But he started swimming later in life for therapeutic reasons and gradually transformed a personal therapy into an effective passion for raising disability awareness.
His swims endeavor to open up doors for others. Yesterday, for example, Cimmino oversaw the arrival of orthopedic devices in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo for boys and girls, men and women at the the Rehabilitation Centre Shirika La Umoja. The delivery was one of the end results of his 40 km crossing of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo way back in April 2012.
Like his marathon swims, the ultimate delivery – more than 3 years after his swim – required planning, coordination, doggedness and execution. Like his crossings, these are things that Cimmino does exceedingly well and comes from deep within.
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