IB students take a chilly swim for charity

While some shiver at the prospect of Cornish waters in the winter, International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Truro College saw it as an opportunity to raise money for a deserving charity in eSwatini.

The keen students organised the Chilly Swim for the day on which the sea was at its coldest in the hopes that this brave deed would gain good sponsorship for the Shewula Orphan’s charity.

Katherine Lee, IB student and co-organiser of the swim, said: “As part of the IB diploma, we have to complete a CAS project, and we chose to complete our project under the service section of CAS. We chose to do a chilly swim for two reasons, Milena and I have completed several Boxing Day swims for charity, which we have always thoroughly enjoyed and therefore wanted to organise our own, and the IB chilly swim has been a tradition too, in previous years.

“We teamed up with our friend Maxim and decided to raise money for the Shewula Orphans charity because this is the charity of the College, and many of us on the IB are going to eSwatini to see directly what the money raised will achieve so we thought that this would be an appropriate charity.”

Students at the College visit the charity every year during a trip to eSwatini and have supported the charity since 2001.

This year, IB students Katherine and Milena organised the Chilly Swim as a sponsorship event, heading to Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth for the cold waters of choice. The day, while beautiful, was exceptionally cold so lingering thoughts of the day shared a similar theme.

"It was well cold,” said IB student Eloise.

"They weren't lying when they said it'd be cold,” added Grace. 

"Glad I went numb within a minute," said Milena, co-organiser of the event.

"I knew it would be cold, I just didn't expect it to be that cold,” finished Katherine, the other co-organiser of the (seemingly very) Chilly Swim.

The students will be off to eSwatini in the summer, where they will be able to donate all of the money raised to the charity in person, while getting to meet the children who will benefit from the generous contribution.