Emma Reim ’13 and Mackenzie Bradley ’13 are hoping to cross all 23.69 miles of the Channel sometime in the next week or so. They have already made it to England and are waiting for a phone call that will tell them to be ready to swim the next day.
The Smith Club of Great Britain is helping the young women by helping to find them accommodations and contributing to their fundraising efforts. The club raised £100 at a dinner and is also accepting donations via PayPal.
The Smith Club of Great Britain provides stipends for two Kew Interns each year and provides funding for students interning in the UK. As an officer for the club, Martha Fray ’74 was happy to support Emma and Mackenzie’s swim as well, saying “If there were ever a challenge that defies stereotypes of what women can and can’t do, swimming the Channel is surely one of them.”
Emma and Mackenzie are also writing about their experience in a blog at http://smithchannelswim.wordpress.com/.