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Alcatraz to Africa – swimming with the sharks!

Alcatraz to Africa – swimming with the sharks!

After travelling to Sierra Leone in June 2010 to assist with the site development for a health clinic, Dara Colleary, who has a background in Civil Engineering, was captivated by the warm and fragile society he met, so much so that he returned in October 2010 together with his wife, Sara, a pediatric dietitian, to gain a better understanding of the severe challenges faced day to day by its citizens.

During his visit, he travelled to Bo and met with members of the Zion Church headed by Pastor Michael Kanu.  Pastor Michael and his wife Cynthia have established a baby rescue centre, an orphanage, outreach medical clinics, and nurseries and primary schools for orphans and destitute children.  In recognizing the commitment that these services require, Dara has taken up the challenge to raise money to help build a vocational training center where members of the community can learn life and healthcare skills in order to grow and become self sufficient.

Dara Colleary during his trip to Sierra Leone

To help achieve his goal, Dara is taking up the challenge of the annual 1.25 mile cold-water swim in the Bay of San Francisco, from Alcatraz to the Aquatic Park!

The annual swim is based on the well-recorded attempt at escape by three prisoners of Alcatraz Prison in 1937.  They swam across the shark-infested, strong tidal span of the Bay to the shoreline in San Francisco, and were never seen again.  Their attempt was showcased in the movie, “Escape from Alcatraz”.

Hopefully Dara will avoid the sharks and safely complete his challenge!

When: September 4th, 2011 at 8:00am

Where: San Francisco, CA

To support or contact Dara, visit Alcatraz to Africa

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