Long-distance charity swim marks 16th birthday

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 25/07/2014
Felicity Lowen
IAIN MCGREGOR

HARD WORK: Felicity Lowen swims 16 kilometres on her 16th birthday to raise money for cancer awareness.

Relevant offers

Felicity Lowen celebrated her 16th birthday in an unusual way - she swam 640 laps.

The Cashmere High School pupil spent 4 hours swimming 16 kilometres to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Felicity said she was shattered. "I'm usually a sprinter so long distance was a challenge for me."

She said she first had the idea on her 15th birthday when a member of her swim club swam 18km to mark his 18th birthday.

Felicity did not leave the pool at any point and the longest break she took was two minutes.

"I swam the last 1.5km flat out because it was the home stretch and I just wanted to finish."

She said raising money for charity was important to her and she felt "exhausted but proud" of her achievement. "I've been through a lot this year with family issues . . . and I'm so glad I spent my birthday doing something other than for myself."

Felicity's father, Martin, died in January when his plane crashed into trees and burst into flames in Springfield Rd and her grandmother died of cancer about a month ago.

Felicity had raised more than $1000. People can donate via the Child Cancer Foundation website.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Recipe search

Special offers
Opinion poll

Do you keep your bedroom cool overnight in winter?

Yes, I turn off the heater while I sleep. The duvet's fine!

No way, central heating keeps me nice and toasty.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Moata

Moata's Blog Idle

Hell is other parents

Friendly pets blog pointer small

Four Legs Good: A blog about pets

Pals and playmates (pictures)

We're Building a House blog

Jon Bridges builds a house

New Zealand's best deck built yesterday

Daily Fix

Horoscopes

What do the stars have in store for you today?

Sudoku

Rev up your mind with our numbers game

Crossword

Test your knowledge with our daily crossword