There were no borders between Provincetown USA and La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico this winter. Summer resident Arthur Richter recently brought the Swim for Life to this Pacific coastal town and it embraced the event with over one hundred participants, raising $5,700 USD for the town’s elderly.
“The whole town came out! We doubled our expectations,” Richter exclaimed.
Richter is a board member of the Provincetown Community Compact, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and a longtime swimmer. For years he swam with his grandson Max as well as annually soliciting $10,000 in prizes from businesses for the top swimmer fundraisers. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.
His contagious enthusiasm for the Swim for Life while vacationing in this seaside town inspired local residents Leti Hernandez and Conrado Martinez Serrano to organize the event, “Nadando por Ellos”. Along with the fifty-five swimmers, there were sixty walkers who also helped raise pledges. The community is already planning another event in 2019.
The 31st Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, which has raised over $4.5M for AIDS, women’s health and the community, will be held September 8, 2018.