For the 3rd year in a row, a group of dedicated Saskatchewan swimmers will be hopping in the water for a great cause: supporting women and families.
This year, six swimmers will tackle the entire length of Diefenbaker Lake in 3 days! The Diefenbaker Dip: 163 Swim is thusly named in honour of the 1 lake, 6 swimmers, and 3 days to tackle this approximately 163 KM marathon swim in support of women’s shelters. This year’s swimmers are Adrien van Dyke, Dionne Tatlow, Élise Truscott, Kelsey van Dyke, Meghan Chisholm, and Nichole Robinson.
They are swimming to raise $10,000 for YWCA Regina’s Annual Fundraising Campaign #SayYes and the La Ronge Native Women’s Council Piwapan Women’s Centre.
YWCA Regina exists to support women and families in the realization of their full potential to the benefit of our entire society. We provide childcare, shelter and housing, community programs, family support programs, and outreach.
The La Ronge Native Women’s Council’s goal is that all individuals and families within Northern Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to live healthy lives free from violence. They operate a women’s shelter, crisis line, second-stage housing, and sexual and domestic violence support services.
Read below for more information about each organization.
Please note: Funds will be split 60% and 40% between YWCA Regina and La Ronge Native Women’s Council respectively. Donations will be collected and receipted by YWCA Regina, and donors will be tax receipted for the entirety of their contribution at the time of donation. YWCA will then re-direct 40% of the funds to the La Ronge Native Women’s Council at the end of the campaign.
Your donation helps motivate this team to achieve this incredible feat of endurance and supports the strong and resilient families of YWCA Regina and La Ronge Native Women’s Council reach their full potential.
Location: Diefenbaker Lake: Saskatchewan Landing Bridge to Gardiner Dam
Swim Length: Approx. 155 – 163 KM
Swim Time: The swim will take about 62 hours to complete.
Date and Time: Starting time: July 19, 5:00 AM
A special thank you to Performance Marine and Dave Miller of JN Millers Service Ltd. in Riverhurst Saskatchewan for donating his boat and piloting for the swim!