LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Social Activist and entertainer, Georgia Van Cuylenburg just did something that most people would consider impossible. Fuelled by her determination to have people understand and support children living in Poverty she decided to swim 24,000 meters non-stop. (view her campaign HERE)
Her goal was to go beyond the poverty line of $23,860 (for a four person family) and raise $24,000 while swimming the 24,000 meters.
On December 5th her leap of faith paid off. As she pushed her body to the limits, her effort was garnering thousands of Facebook live views and shares as she exceeded her fundraising goal by over 145%.
By the time she finished the swim she couldn't speak, couldn't lift herself out of the pool and yet she was the happiest she has ever felt. She had completed the swim in 8.5 hours and raised over $35,000.
"Every time I wanted to give up I would focus on one of our kids or one of our contributors – each lap a new cute face or new supporter and by the end I was bursting with gratitude… and exhaustion."
You can watch her as she finished the swim HERE on Facebook Live
A week later she is still receiving constant donations and messages. Georgia is overjoyed by the support and the love people have showed the kids.
The money raised will go to her non-profit Arts Bridging the Gap to fund educational programs for underserved youth. Georgia has dedicated her life to ensuring that these children know that they can do anything that want – even the impossible.
Before she started the swim she reminded supporters: "They are our kids, they are our future leaders, they deserve our faith, our love and our support"
You can watch Georgia's pre swim message where she connects supporters to the reason for her campaign HERE
"I don't think I fully anticipated how hard this would be but I'm so glad it was because that was the idea – breaking through poverty isn't easy. But with love, support and a belief in yourself you can do it and all kids deserve it"
For more information on Georgia's work with children click HERE
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SOURCE Arts Bridging the Gap