Swim for a cure – Thomas Pembroke
Thomas Pembroke is not your average teacher. Thomas has set himself the goal to complete the Oceans Seven, which consist of seven long distance open-water swims – the equivalent to the seven summits mountaineering challenge. Each time he swims, he does it to raise awareness and fundraise for a cause close to his heart.
After completing two of the swims in 2013 and 2015, Thomas’s new attempt is to swim the 42km Molokai Channel in Hawaii and the 32km Catalina Island swim of California. Every swim has its unique challenges, ranging from cold water conditions, different aquatic lives and very large swells, to Tiger sharks and Great White sharks.
This year, Thomas Pembroke has chosen to swim for Kiss Goodbye to MS and the Kids Cancer Project. In the lead up to his to swims, Thomas gave his students the opportunity to design a presentation which aimed to persuade him to raise money for their chosen charity through his swims.
Hayden Robertson is the lovely student who introduced Thomas to Kiss Goodbye to MS. Since he was young, Hayden has been really passionate for finding a cure for MS, due to his grandmother who lived with MS and his father who had to start looking after his mum when he was really young. Hayden never got to meet his grandmother, but his passion for supporting the MS cause has only grown as he has gotten older. The family moved to Australia and Hayden’s father got a job fundraising for MS, through which Hayden got to meet many extraordinary people who live with the disease.
You can support Thomas’s Kiss Goodbye to MS swim for a cure and find more information about the Molokai Channel & Catalina Island swim on Thomas’s fundraising page: https://kissgoodbyetoms.org/fundraiser/thomas-pembroke/#prettyPhoto/0/