Changing the Tide on Swim Literacy

On November 4th 2023, teams of elite swimmers and business leaders raced around Hong Kong Island and raised $3.2 million to address the chronic swimming illiteracy in the city.

The funds raised help Splash teach over 1,500 people to swim. Splash is Hong Kong's only charity teaching children and adults from under-resourced communities to swim. Almost 50% of Hong Kong is swim illiterate. This year we will teach over 3,000 people. Next year, with your support, we aim to help 5,000 people.    

But it’s not just about the number of people we’re teaching. It’s about the impact that swimming has on people’s lives. By supporting Splash you’re helping us build a community where people feel included and empowered. Knowing how to swim is a superpower that enhances our physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for Make Waves 2024!

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Team Blue

Roy Pang, Austin Wang, Gaynor Fu, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Jeremy Ip, Toto Wong

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Team Green

Li Ling Yung, Shane Davis, Flo Teh, Jonathan Horsfall, Mark Stimson, Miu Tanaka

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Team Orange

Philip Sohmen, Christina Sjöholm, Jonathan Crockett, Ming Chen, Patrick Li, Tania Tsang

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Team Purple

Annemarie Munk, Andrew Waters, Anthony Cheng, Farah Master, Rachael Guan, Vasco van der Flier

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Team Red

Enrico Mattoli, Camille Cheng, Egon Vavrek, Andrew Kehoe, Jessica Cheng, Lou Salome Chou

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About the swim

  • 5 teams, comprised of 30 elite swimmers and business leaders, to undertake challenging 45-kilometre open water relay swim around Hong Kong Island 

  • The event is expected to take 11-13 hours starting in the dark, braving jellyfish and marine traffic

  • ‘Make Waves for Hong Kong’ aims to raise HKD 2.5million for Splash Foundation to provide learn to swim programmes to low income families, children with special educational needs and domestic workers  

Make Waves for Hong Kong is scheduled to start in the early morning hours of Saturday 4 November from Sandy Bay, near Cyberport, on the south side of Hong Kong Island. 30 swimmers in five teams will swim continuously for 11-13 hours.

A live tracker will be available on the day for the public to follow the swim.

Resources for Media

We are pleased to invite the media and press to cover this iconic swim around Hong Kong Island tackling the city's chronic swim illiteracy.

Contact person:
Winnie Tang
[email protected]