FAIRFIELD, Conn, -- Famed long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad recently finished a 48-hour swim marathon in New York City’s Herald Square that raised more than $107,000 so far to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Nyad Swim for Relief, a test of endurance and symbol of perseverance embraced by many Sandy victims from the tri-state area, came on the heels of her record-breaking swim last month from Cuba to Florida.
The New York event, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, kicked off a fund-raising campaign that will benefit AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program in the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of the storm. So far, more than $107,000 had been raised online via NyadSwimforRelief.com. Proceeds from the campaign, which continues through Oct. 31, will pay for AmeriCares health programs for survivors in the hardest hit areas of New York and New Jersey.
“Diana Nyad not only performed yet another amazing athletic feat today, but she reminded the world that we have not forgotten about Sandy survivors,” Curt Welling, AmeriCares president and chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “Disaster response and recovery is a long-distance sport – you jump in and keep going until you get the job done.”
AmeriCares has been aiding survivors of natural disasters, political conflict and extreme poverty worldwide for more than 30 years. AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program focuses on restoring access to medical care and mental health services in storm-damaged communities. The program provides donated medicines and relief supplies, as well as cash grants to nonprofit organizations assisting the recovery efforts.