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Jane Barber: “These are my people”

Jane Barber loves everything about the Swim – the electric energy she feels when she arrives at the Boatslip deck in the morning to register and immerse herself in the camaraderie and anticipation of the 1.4-mile swim ahead. It’s not a race but inclusive of all. The open water crossing takes her from a sense […]

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Swim for Life Celebrates 30th anniversary September 9, 2017

Year one: September 9, 1988. There was an offshore breeze, the water was unusually cold, but eighteen swimmers showed up with just ten days notice. $6,000 was raised for the Provincetown Positive People with AIDS Coalition. The swimmers sang, “Row, row, row your boat” and took the plunge to the sound of bagpipes. When they […]

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The Compact and its Founder and Director receive a Provincetown Film Fest Award

The Provincetown Community Compact and its founder and director, artist Jay Critchley, were given special recognition from the 2017 Provincetown Film Festival for 30 years of community building, which includes the 30th Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla (Sept. 9). One of The Compact’s initiatives, the Think-ubator, nurtures grass roots projects through tax-deductible fiscal sponsorship. […]

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Mosquito Story Slam – STAYING AFLOAT, June 4

The Swim is excited to team up with the Mosquito Story Slam* in celebration of the 30th Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla. All welcome to join in and share stories and cheer on the story tellers on Sunday, June 4, 4-6:00 pm at Mac’s Fish House, 85 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown. Thank you Vanessa […]

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Thirty Swims. Thirty Weeks. Swim for Life countdown to Sept 9

Since 1988 Provincetown Harbor has been activated by hundreds of swimmers, kayakers and safety boaters at the annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, raising over $4M. Thirty years later the event continues the mission of the Provincetown Community Compact* to nurture the well-being of Provincetown by supporting numerous community organizations, including AIDS and women’s […]

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The Compact Prayer Ribbons invited to Capitol Hill for World AIDS Day

The Provincetown Community Compact is honored to be invited to US Congress to share the story of the Provincetown Community and our response to HIV/AIDS. Thank you. Come Visit Displays of Remembrance, Hope and Support for 2016 World AIDS Day, December 1. Provincetown Swim for Life Prayer Ribbons Visit Capitol Hill Photo Gallery. Videos. Dear […]

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The Compact honors Orlando nightclub victims, brings Prayer Ribbons to Orlando

Like communities across the country, Provincetown, Massachusetts was shocked and outraged by the recent massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In response, the Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact) recently memorialized the 49 victims at a special ceremony at Provincetown Town Hall. Each person’s name, which was inscribed on a black Prayer Ribbon, and age […]

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29th Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla raises an estimated $225,000 for AIDS, women’s health & the community

After a stormy week of weather, the 29th Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla was greeted on Saturday with partly sunny skies, warm water and a mild Southeast breeze. This post-Labor Day community celebration and fundraiser generated an estimated $225,000 for AIDS, women’s health & the community with the support of 412 swimmers, 75+ […]

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Swim for Life Volunteer Award presented to Zoe Lewis

She grew up in Rottingdean, a small fishing village on the south coast of England. “All the old ladies had poodles. In Provincetown it’s the young gentlemen with their tiny dogs,” Zoe Lewis explains. There are smugglers caves and tunnels under the town and the famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, lived there. It was music and […]

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2017 UPDATE: Swimmer Safety a priority for Swim for Life

PROVINCETOWN. July 25, 2017. The safety of swimmers is the number one priority of the Swim for Life. It requires a coordinated effort from Swim medical personnel and the Provincetown Rescue Squad on shore, and kayakers, motorboats, the Harbormaster, US Coast Guard, the Center for Coastal Studies and lifeguards on the water to ensure the safety of each and […]

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