Julia MacDonald

Mana Fiji 10km Marathon Swim 2019

I'm supporting cancer research and prevention with Can Too Foundation.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that potentially someone we love may have to battle cancer, and that’s a statistic that needs to change.

So I asked myself, “what can I do to help?” That’s where the Can Too Foundation came in! Can Too provide professionally coached training programs for participants – of any fitness level – to run, swim and cycle their way to a healthier lifestyle and a cancer-free world.

In return, I am raising valuable funds that go towards innovation in the prevention, care, and control of cancer. Since 2005, Can Too Foundation have trained over 15,000 participants, raised over $21,000,000 to invest in 168 one-year cancer research grants.

It would be fantastic if you could sponsor me, or even better join me in a program!

Thank you for your support!

My Updates

10km Swim update

Saturday 7th Sep
Dear family and friends,
 
You have all been so supportive of my cantoo ocean swimming efforts in the past few years and I continue to be so grateful for that, you know who you are and thank you so much! ? ?  With your support, I have have raised over $9,000 for Cantoo.     That’s an awesome contribution to a cancer research grant, did you know it costs about $100,000 each 1 year grant to fund.   
 
I have also felt the personal benefits of this mad swimming caper and in 2 years have gone from zero swimming to being able to complete 1km, 2km, 3km, then 5km ocean swims and the highlight so far - a 12km offshore relay from Bondi to Watsons Bay earlier this year.  Next goal - an individual 10km marathon swim on October 17 with some of the fab relay team ladies and my great UBS work mate, Caroline.
 
The location was initially enticing (Mana Island, Fiji) but now we are halfway into our 14 week training programme for this marathon swim, the reality of swimming 5 hours non stop is, well, scary to say the least.   I have only swum for 2 hours non-stop to date.    We have been training twice a week as a Cantoo squad of 20, late on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons in deep dark winter conditions, and outdoor pools where the air temp was icy, the concrete was freezing and the post pool shower a dribble.   I have had my freestyle stroke completely unpicked by a very direct Coach and have reached rock bottom of the pool (literally) doing endless “no arm” drills but finally our particularly naughty lane 1 - the slow lane who talks too much, does no or minimal listening or extra training and thinks good preparation includes ? and not ?- are beginning to shape up and show some glimmer of hope, to Coach’s surprise! 
 
We have been inspired by our co-swimmers.  The “fast” lane on our team are swimming the English Channel in a few weeks, no less, in memory of their dear team member/husband, a legend of a guy who recently tragically passed away due to an infection.  We have been introduced to a wheelchair athlete who has rehabilitated and completed triathlons, the Channel and iron man races after being run over by a truck; a young cancer survivor who swam in the invictus games; a long distance swimming legend who has succeeded in 5 of the famous Ocean7 swims, with a 50km swim in Hawaii soon,  and our very own team-mates who have their own stories of inspiration against the odds.  One lady drives to each training from Orange.  Another swims to overcome a bipolar dignosis.   I have been incredibly moved by all these stories of courage and strength as well as their unstoppable enthusiasm for ocean swimming - if they can do this, so can I!  Am ramping it up for the next 6 weeks to give this swim my best possible shot.   The mood is highly supportive and a whole bunch of fun.   Some pics attached. 
 
Swim details:  10km swim in Mana Island Lagoon, Fiji - it’s a 3.3km x 3 loop across the lagoon, over the drop off and back, with tides for or against...expected timing 5?hours non stop swimming.  Hydration and sustenance is needed - apparently stuffed in your swimmers.
 
Fundraising goals:  only +$858  needed to reach my personal $10,000 total fundraising target.  Click on Link attached.  Without being presumptuous - Donations very welcome in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts ?
 
Huge thanks to Ivor, our parents and Rowie for babysitting while I am in the water.  Love you!
 
Thank you -  will keep you posted!

Thank you to my Sponsors

$644

Julia Macdonald

$260

Vicki Albert

you are an inspiration jules!! goodluck and can't wait to hear how you go! Bula!

$260

Anita Yarrow

Jules - you are incredible! We love your commitment, and motivation to do all this training. Good luck with the big event - we will be there with you in spirit, cheering you on. Love the Tudds!!

$208

Rachel & Lachlan

Bula !

$200

Cas

Great cause, hopefully the venue will provide some additional inspiration....

$200

Marty & Anna Cayzer

Outstanding work Jules. Come on Mana Island!!!

$156

Michelle Inns

Hi Jules, amazing ! You’ve got this ? Have a fabulous swim and recovery Michelle x

$104

Zane Pritchard

Awesome effort Jules and for a great cause

$104

Nicole Foster

Go Jules! You’ve got this!!!!

$104

Clare Family

Woo hoo!- go Jules, what an inspiration!

$104

Catherine Perrett

good luck to you Jules and well done

$104

Lindy Hill

Jules you really are amazing!! Good luck with the training and the swim!! xx

$104

Nadine Cornet

Good luck Jules. You’re amazing. So brave and so inspiring. Swim hard!!! Love from the Cornets x

$104

Anita And Alex Kean

Amazing effort, good you on Jules. Behind you all the way, good luck, Anita and Alex x x

$104

Erica Macdonald

$104

Jenny And Ian Collins

Happy Cantoo Day

$104

Fiona Peters

Good luck Jules, you can do it!

$100

Judy Lyng

$100

Simon Fox

Go Jules !

$52

Edith De Boer

Truly inspirational Julia. Enjoy the journey.

$52

Christine Kelly

You go girl!

$52

Xanthe Virtue

GOOD LUCK JULES I'M SURE YOU WILL SMASH IT!

$52

Chris & Kathryn Collins

Well done Jules, good luck for tomorrow ?‍♀️xx

$52

Oswald Family

What an inspirational bunch! Best of luck for the swim.

$52

Aisling Lynch

You’re a mad woman!

$52

Dan Amor

Looks like an amazing place to raise funds for a great cause Jeweller. Well done!

$50

Sonal Bhalla

Great effort! X

$50

Sue Opie

Well done Jules and Ros, only a few days to go... Will be thinking of you both

$20.80

Jenny B

All the best for your swim in Fiji.

$20.80

Jenny B

All the best for your swim in Fiji.

$13.52

Hannah Lewis-dalby

Thank you car park angel!!!! :)

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