28 Nove: Water temp update: now down to 7°!! Air temp with the bise was a chilly -2°!

I’m swimming in Lake Geneva this winter, participating for the first time in the Coupe de Noel. Why am I doing this, you ask? I’m doing it because although it’s incredibly hard, it is nothing compared to facing cancer, especially when you are not in your home country.

Both my parents died of cancer 30 years ago, and I know what it was like to have to deal with that in a country where I spoke the language and I knew how things worked.  And my sister and I were lucky – we had plenty of friends and family around us to help support us through this time. I cannot imagine trying to do that where you don’t know the language nor how things work.

My friend has been asking me for three years, and I have always refused – what crazy, masochistic person would put their near-naked body into water less than 10 degrees by choice? Definitely not me – I like my water warm and with bubbles i.e. sitting in a Jacuzzi with a glass of champagne. Not swimming in the lake!! But this year, I said yes.

And that’s where ESCA Cancer Support comes in. They are here to support people who are affected by cancer; their services are free to anyone who needs them. I have joined the wonderful team Opera l’Eau and this year, on 15 December, I will swim in water that is probably about 6 degrees wearing a handmade artistic costume in front of hundreds of spectators and journalists. To prepare for this horrendous feat, since September, I’ve been going to the Bains des Paquis once a week (some go more than once a week), and swim. Each week, the water gets colder. Each week, it gets harder! But each week, I am getting ready for the Big Day, in support of ESCA Cancer Support. My ask to you is that you join me, if not in the lake, in some form of financial donation to ESCA CS. And if you want to come down and watch the fun and games on the day, then we will be down in the lake at on Sunday December 15. Come and watch the races. It will be fun!

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Julie Tompkins Wagner

CHF 30.00 3 December 2019
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gillian kirby

CHF 25.00 30 November 2019

Very brave Chris, go girl go !!! proud of ya ..

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Nicolette Greenwood

CHF 50.00 22 November 2019

Would have loved to join you. I try to do winter swimming also and swam a bit Monday in Bellevue (10C) so know how hard it is… Read more

Would have loved to join you. I try to do winter swimming also and swam a bit Monday in Bellevue (10C) so know how hard it is. Congratulations on your courage and for supporting a great cause !

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Isabelle Marchal

CHF 20.00 22 November 2019

Go go girl !!

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Kathy Trefalt

CHF 20.00 21 November 2019
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Christina Grivea

CHF 100.00 21 November 2019

Go CHRIS!!!!! You are an inspiration (and just a tad bit COO COO but I LOVE IT) exactly what the world needs more amazing people like you… Read more

Go CHRIS!!!!! You are an inspiration (and just a tad bit COO COO but I LOVE IT) exactly what the world needs more amazing people like you!!! Thank you... will be there to support you all the WAY 💚💙💚💙 WHAT A WOMAN!!!!!!!

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Ian Jones

CHF 10.00 21 November 2019
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Rose Mensing

CHF 10.00 21 November 2019

You go Chris!!!! What a courageous thing to do!

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Sabrina Tazi-Riffi

CHF 100.00 20 November 2019

You are totally NUTS!!!
Good for you ❤️

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Rose Adcroft Piels

CHF 20.00 20 November 2019

Absurd bonkers, good luck with it all. I suggest eating loads of cake to put some nice fat layer under your skin to isolate.
It’s also… Read more

Absurd bonkers, good luck with it all. I suggest eating loads of cake to put some nice fat layer under your skin to isolate.
It’s also proven that gay people float better 😊
Love you, my crazy friend! Good luck

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Karen LALLY

CHF 100.00 20 November 2019

Go Chris!!!