'Swim For Life' slated to help AIDS patients


Maryland swimmers will have an opportunity to help people living with AIDS next month by participating in the first Maryland Swim for Life at the Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County.

Both competitive and non-competitive swimmers are encouraged to solicit pledges for the open water swim to begin at 10 a.m. on June 20. Participants have a choice of swimming a course of one or two nautical miles in the Gunpowder River.

The event is based on the successful Swim for Life in Provincetown, Mass., now in its fifth year. Last year in that event, 124 swimmers raised $35,000 for AIDS organizations.

Local event organizers are planning a day of celebration. They encourage swimmers' friends and families and those donating pledge money to attend and cheer them on.

A short ceremony will precede the swim and a picnic celebration and ceremony with prizes will follow.

Each swimmer will receive a token of gratitude for taking part; the top fund-raiser will be treated to a lunch with Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

The Maryland Swim for Life Committee was formed to provide financial assistance to groups providing services to people with AIDS, to educate the public about AIDS and to end prejudice against people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Anyone wishing to participate should contact the swim committee at (410) 243-4418.

Swimmers are asked to raise at least $50 in pledges. They must register by June 1.

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