Abriella Bredell (10) a grade 5 pupil from Victory Christian School in Jeffreys Bay is proving that dynamite definitely comes in small packages, training at Brenton’s Swim School and Liquid Lines since the age of 2, Abriella has a passion for swimming and has dedicated her young life to the sport.
“I love swimming because I am a very competitive person and enjoy swimming races against other people and improving my times. I like learning new things, keeping fit and taking care of my body. Swimming does all of the above for me.” – Abriella
This December, Abriella will take on the legendary Robben Island Channel – one of the toughest open water swims in the world and be the youngest participant in the race’s history to complete the 7.9km swim. Cold water, apex predators, swimming through a busy shipping lane, big swells and wind whipped seas are some of the challenges awaiting the ocean swimmers at this year’s event.
Abriella is in full preparation mode for her swim between Robben Island and Big Bay mainland which is less than 4 months away. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is the extreme cold as the water temperature is on average about 13 degrees Celsius.
“I train 6 times a week and love the open water. I have also started to surf in cold water, so think I will be able to swim Robben Island this December.” – says Abriella
“My ultimate goal in swimming is to practise hard and to swim the Robben Island Channel with my coach, Brenton Williams. My favourite stroke is butterfly, but I think my first Robben Island crossing will be freestyle.” – says Abriella.
What also makes Abriella’s entry unique, is Abriella’s pledge to raise a mammoth R2 million for her favourite charity, The Red Cross Children’s Hospital through crowdfunding on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy.
“This is my first time crowdfunding and I really enjoy it, just knowing that you can save someone’s life is awesome” – Says Abriella.
Abriella chose the Red Cross as the beneficiary of her swim because as a child herself 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, which is why I want to support them. I am very excited and I know that I will finish the swim, but I am most excited for raising money for the Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital.” – says Abriella.
“Sporting events create a perfect opportunity for champions such as Abriella to crowdfund for a number of important causes and have become increasingly popular on our platform.” – Zane Groenewald – Marketing Officer – Backabuddy
Abriella’s crowdfunding campaign has so far raised R 41 614.18 towards her goal of R2 million.
Support Abriella’s campaign on BackaBuddy here.
Abriella’s mom on her campaign:
“Abriella doesn’t like to see people suffer, she acts on emotion and is always willing to help others. As her mom I’m impressed by her ambition and her willingness to push boundaries for the greater good. Her record attempt, is cool for lack of a better word, but the impact she can have on these children’s lives is what her campaign is all about and as a family we will support her wherever we can” – Lauryn Bredell (mom)
“The beauty in all of this is the message she’s sending to other children her age – that anyone can make a difference in their own capacity. We have also been overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from Backabuddy, her coaches and generous strangers!” – Lauryn Bredell (mom)
- About the Red Cross:
The Red Cross has so far rasised over R 1 091 517.84 through crowdfunding on BackaBuddy.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is the only specialist hospital dedicated entirely to children in southern Africa and manages 260 000 patient visits annually. Very sick children are referred to this world-renowned tertiary institution from all over South Africa and the African continent.
Since 1994, the Children’s Hospital Trust, the Fundraising Arm of the Hospital has helpd raise funds for building upgrades, new equipment and skills development programmes. As the Hospital was built in 1956 the outdated facilities were in critical need of upgrading. Despite this the Hospital is world-renowned as a centre of excellence in paediatric health-care and research.
100% of donations received by the Trust go directly to the Hospital, not a single cent is spent on administration costs.
- Backabuddy was Founded in 2007, by the late Allan John Beuthin. It was Taken over by CEO Patrick Schofield in 2015 in his honour.
- We are a Proudly South African crowdfunding platform for various charities and causes in South Africa. We deal with large charities and also individuals who can’t afford medical treatments/ sport tours/ education fees etc.
- We have so far raised R45.5 million for various charities and causes in South Africa.