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Abriella’s record swim a boost for medical facility

Robben Island to Cape Town crossing in aid of children’s hospital, writes Zizonke MayKitted out in a pink costume and funky green goggles, Jeffrey’s Bay tween Abriella Bredell yesterday became the youngest person ever to swim the gruelling, almost 8km from Robben Island to Cape Town.And she did it for a good cause – raising money for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.Aside from setting a record, the big-hearted 11-year-old aimed to raise R2-million for the hospital through a crowdfunding initiative.Yesterday, Abriella said: “My coach inspired me. He actually wanted to do the Robben Island, and then I wanted to raise money for charity. I wanted to do some good by doing the swim.”At first Abriella’s father, Pierre, 33, did not share his determined daughter’s enthusiasm for the challenge.“When she first told me about the swim, I said there [was] no way she was going to do it, because it’s so much effort,” he said.But, after a year- and-a-half of nagging by Abriella, he and his wife had relented.“My wife said, ‘Okay let’s do it, let’s support her’, and I did the best I could and that’s how we got here today.”Asked what had inspired them to choose Cape Town’s Red Cross Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary, he said he had advised his daughter to do so. He hoped that Abriella’s selfless action would inspire other children of her age to make a difference.
“They are the future of South Africa basically, the young generation, so I said, ‘ Go ahead and try and help kids and make a difference.’”

Abriella was initially set to attempt the feat in December but had to wait for perfect weather to make the swim from the island to Cape Town.An excited Abriella said she had always believed she would overcome the challenge.“I knew I was going to make it . . . I’ve been swimming since I was two, and my open-water swimming has improved a lot in kilometres. I was doing 500m, up to 1,2km [and] now 8km.“I saw three jellyfish, and seals. My dad told me afterwards . . . when I got into the water he started crying.”Pierre confirmed this, saying: “I’m quite a tough man hey, but I cried. When she got into the water and said, ‘Dad I’ll see you later’, that was pretty emotional for me.”He said his main concern had not been Abriella’s safety but rather that she might not complete the swim after all the time and effort she had put in.“Her disappointment – I didn’t know how I would’ve eased her out of it.”So far Abriella has raised R108 195 for the hospital. The initiative is ongoing, with donation lines still open.Abriella said after the swim the family had had a celebratory lunch. “I’m just going to spoil myself. The past [few] months were the worst . . . not a lot of sugar. I was not allowed to do a lot of active things, and was going to bed early.”
To make a donation visit: www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/abriella-bredell

 

Abriella Bredell during her epic swim from Robben Island to Cape Town

Cape Argus Article

15 JANUARY 2018, 2:32PM / TAMRYN CHRISTIANS

Abriella Bredell, 11, becomes youngest ever to do Robben Island swim

Cape Town – Abriella Bredell, 11, from from Jeffreys Bay, became the youngest person to swim from Robben Island to Big Bay, Cape Town, raising funds for the Red Cross Children’s hospital.

Her father, Pierre Bredell, who was by her side during the swim, confirmed that she raised R133 000 as she swam 8km in three hours and eight minutes.

Bredell said the family had travelled to Cape Town twice every month for the past two years so Abriella could train.

“I am very proud of Abriella. She even trained during the coldest times in winter.

“She is very young and I commend her for her bravery. This was something that she purposed in her heart. Although part of her goal was to set a new world record as the world’s youngest person to participate in this type of initiative, she did it for the children and only she herself grasps that more than anything,” he said.

He added that she still had another R1.8 million to raise. “If 1.8 million people could just donate R1 to this initiative, we would reach our goal.”

“People need to understand the bigger picture. The donations are for the children. It’s like making an investment into our future because they are our future,” he said.

Abriella’s mother Lauryn said she was very proud of her daughter, especially for her hard work and sacrifice. “It was hard to watch, but it was worth raising the funds for the hospital,” she said.

Abriella’s parents also confirmed that, among other requests, she was invited to swim the English Channel for a similar charity event.

“We are happy and excited about the responses from all across the world. Our main focus now, however, is to get that R2m to the children’s hospital,” said her father.

To date more than R200000 has been raised for the Back-a-buddy campaign.

To donate to Abriella’s initiative, visit the Back-a-buddy website at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/abriella-bredell.

TRIUMPHANT: Abriella Bredell, 11 became the youngest person in the world to swim from Robben Island to Big Bay. She did the swim to raise funds for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency/ANA

Abriella hopes to be youngest person to complete Robben Island swim

20 August 2017 – 14:20 BY FARREN COLLINS

Great White sharks do not worry 10-year-old ju-jitsu student Abriella Bredell.

Jellyfish will be more of a concern when she tries to become the youngest person ever to complete the Robben Island Channel open water swim off Cape Town.

Bredell will take on the 7.6km swim‚ through a busy shipping lane and in 12 degree Celsius water‚ from Big Bay to the historic island in December. The crossing is considered one of the most treacherous open water swims in the world.

The Grade five pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffrey’s Bay‚ who learnt to swim at the age of two‚ is undergoing rigorous training with her coach and swimming partner Brenton Williams.

“I train six times a week and love the open water‚” said Bredell‚ who will be 11 years and three months old during the crossing.

“I have also started to surf in cold water‚ so think I will be able to swim to Robben Island this December.

“The water here does get very cold in winter. It gets to about 11 degrees‚ so it gets as cold as Cape Town in winter which is helping me to prepare.”

Bredell completed her first open water swim at the age of seven. She has since done the 3km Oceana swim‚ the Peer to Pubs and completed numerous 5km swims as part of ColdWater Classic in Jeffrey’s Bay.

But it is not only her love for the open water where “you’re not restricted” that motivates her to complete the iconic swim. She is hoping to raise R2-million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding donations.

“This is my first time crowdfunding and I really enjoy it. Just knowing that you can save someone’s life is awesome‚” she said.

By Sunday afternoon she had raised nearly R46‚000.

Marketing officer for crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy‚ Zane Groenewald‚ said sporting events created a perfect opportunity for people to crowdfund‚ and “a number of important causes have become increasingly popular” through it.

The current record for the youngest person to complete the Robben Island swim is held by Enya van Niekerk‚ who was 12-years-old when she made the crossing last year. More than 500 people have completed the swim.

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Girl (10) takes on Robben Island Channel swim to raise funds for Red Cross

SOUTH COAST HERALD ARTICLE

J-Bay girl may become youngest to swim Robben Island channel

Great white sharks do not worry 10-year-old ju-jitsu student Abriella Bredell.

Jellyfish will be more of a concern for the Jeffreys Bay schoolgirl when she tries to become the youngest person ever to complete the Robben Island channel open water swim off Cape Town.

Abriella will take on the 7.6km swim‚ through a busy shipping lane and in 12°C water‚ from Big Bay to the historic island in December.

The crossing is considered one of the most treacherous open water swims in the world.

The Grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School, who learnt to swim at the age of two‚ is undergoing rigorous training with her coach and swimming partner, Brenton Williams.

“I train six times a week and love the open water‚” Abriella‚ who will be 11 years and three months old during the crossing, said.
“I have also started to surf in cold water‚ so think I will be able to swim to Robben Island this December.

“The water here does get very cold in winter. It gets to about 11°C‚ so it gets as cold as the sea around Cape Town in winter which is helping me to prepare.”

Abriella completed her first open water swim at the age of seven. She has since done the 3km Oceana swim‚ the Peer to Pubs and completed numerous 5km swims as part of the Jeffreys Bay ColdWater Classic.

But it is not only her love for the open water that motivates her to complete the iconic swim.

She is hoping to raise R2-million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding donations.

By yesterday afternoon, she had raised nearly R46 000.

–TimesLIVE

PE HERALD ARTICLE

Girl, 10, plans epic swim to raise funds

Cape Town – A 10-year-old girl will swim from Robben Island to Blouberg to raise R2 million for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust.

Abriella Bredell will swim freestyle on December 15 from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand.

The Grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffreys Bay wants to prove to the world that dynamite definitely comes in small packages.

Abriella will take on the legendary Robben Island Channel crossing, which is one of the toughest open-water swims in the world.

If she makes it she would be the youngest participant to complete the 7.9km swim.

Cold water, sharks, swimming through a busy shipping lane, big swells and wind-whipped seas are some of the challenges awaiting her.

“ I am a very competitive person and enjoy swimming races against other people, and improving my times,” Abriella said.

She chose Red Cross Hospital as the beneficiary of her swim because she is moved by the work they do.

“It is hospital where kids can go and they are helped in the best way that they can be helped. I am very excited and I know that I will finish the swim, but I am most excited to raise money for the hospital,” said Abriella.

Her crowdfunding campaign has so far raised R43404.82.

Support Abriella’s campaign on BackaBuddy here.

Cape Argus

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