Two of our diocesan supporters will be swimming across Lake Lugano on 21st August in aid of CAFOD’s East Africa appeal.
When her father, Bernard Lovell passed away, Annamaria Koerling and her two daughters wanted to do something in his memory. In July this year Annmaria and her younger daughter, Gabriella, ran Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’. This month, Annamaria will be swimming across Lake Lugano with her eldest daughter, Anna-Lucia. There is a strong connection with the water: Bernard was a Lt Commander in the Navy and never lost his love for the sea. He was a freeman of the City of London and a member of the Guild of Watermen. So when Annamaria’s family were thinking of something to do, it was clear: it had to be on or in the water, in a place Bernard loved (the family have a home in the town of Lugano) & for a charity that was close to his heart.
The lake straddles the Swiss-Italian border and the swim will actually start in Italy and finish 2.5km later in Switzerland. At its widest point Lake Lugano is 3km wide and it reaches a maximum depth of 279m. A daunting task for anyone.
We will follow-up Annamaria and Anna-Lucia’s story when they complete the swim – and they’ve promised to take plenty of pictures on the day!