PAN-AMERICAN COLIBRI SWIM
Course: A cross-border swim between Imperial Beach in California, USA and Tijuana, Mexico by swimming 10 km in the Pacific Ocean.
Time and place: 5 May 2017, starting 8:30 am near the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve on Imperial Beach in California, USA
Team Origins: On 15 November 2016, a group of 28 international swimmers from South Africa, New Zealand, Spain, Denmark, Wales, UK, USA, Palestine, Jordan and Israel completed an unprecedented swim across the Dead Sea in order to raise awareness about the environmental demise of the Dead Sea and to create urgency for immediate action. The cross-border swim was politically complicated, but was ultimately successful for a social and environmental perspective. Kimberley Chambers subsequently expressed a desire to continue to raise awareness and support for something similar closer to her California home. Upon consultation with the Dead Sea Swim participants, the Cyprus-Israel swimmers, and the MadSwimmers from South Africa, Chambers developed the concept for the Pan-American Colibri Crossing.
Goal: The swim is about bringing people from various countries together as ambassadors of goodwill who wish to express their deepest concern in a way they know best, swimming together.
Mission: To raise awareness and funds for the Colibri Center for Human Rights