Milan to swim for charity

9-10 Sept. Traditional Milan swim started in 1895.

A hundred swimmers will plunge into the waters the Naviglio Grande on 9 September to compete in three charity swims in a tradition which dates back to 1895, when the “Gran Fondo” was started to encourage milanesi to learn to swim, and their governors to provide more public pools.

This year’s edition has been organised in support of CAF Onlus, a non-profit organisation which cares for children taken from their families and placed in care in other homes, and also for their original families.

Three stretches of graded difficulty will attract men and women competitors for the 24.5 km swim from Cassinetta di Lugagnano, the 14 km swim from Gaggiano and the 2.5 km swim from Canottieri San Cristoforo, all finishing at the Darsena in the course of the afternoon.

CAF Onlus will also organise swimming lessons for the children and youngsters hosted by the association.

The Italian Sailors’ Association will be on hand to help the exhausted participants out of the water and offer them warm showers, refreshment and changing rooms in their headquarters on Viale Gorizia, alongside the Darsena. The following morning, 10 September, the Association will offer free sailing classes in Optimist sailing dinghies for children from 8 to 16 years old.