Sandra to swim five miles for Haiti

By Carl Jackson 18/05 Updated: 23/05 20:53

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AN INSPIRATIONAL woman from Bromsgrove is going to swim more than five miles non-stop to raise money for Haiti, following the devasting earthquake in 2010.

Sandra O'Connell, 44, will have her family cheering her on at the Holiday Inn, on Kidderminster road, on June 2 from 12midday.

The children's nanny, who lives on Garrington Road, tragically lost a child three years ago and fought off cancer two years ago.

Yet, she is determined to raise money on behalf of the Tearfund charity after hearing a talk at her church about the poverty stricken nation.

Sandra said: "The people out there still don't have water, and there is a lack of food and medical care.

"More than a million people still live in tents.

"But they still have such strong faith.

"Haiti is rarely talked about now so it is up to us to help."

The earthquake that struck the Haiti capital Port-Au-Prince in January 12 2010, measured a 7.0 on the richter scale.

It is estimated more than 300,000 people were killed and 4,000 buildings were destroyed.

The Tearfund charity works through churches and Christian agencies to raise money for the world's poorest communities. They aim to release 50million people from poverty in a ten-year plan.

To sponsor Sandra to complete her swim visit www.justgiving.com/sandra-oconnell

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