Hundreds of foreign nationals have participated in a swimming competition that took place on Kuta Beach on Sunday (3/10).
The competition that was organized by a non-profit organization called Bali Sports Foundation (BSF) was held to raise money to support disabled children on the island. The Director of BSF, Rodney James Holt said that this charity organization has been organizing similar events over the last 12 years in Bali, as a form of support to the local community, especially those who suffer with some physical or mental disabilities.
Apart from supporting our community, this event was also initiated to promote Bali’s tourism that has been paralyzed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “This is our 12th Bali Ocean Swim that we have been organizing for 12 years in Bali, to fund and support sporting development for disabled people as well as reviving Bali tourism.” Holt said on Sunday. Both expats and local people, including children were seen on Kuta Beach to participate in this open water swimming competition.
Holt explained that all profits earned will be directly distributed to support 17 different spotting activities for children who are faced with disabilities such as down syndrome and autism as well as deaf and blind children in Bali. A total of 143 participants have joined the event, despite the large waves that made the competition a little more challenging. “We used to have more participants, but they’re still unable to join as the border hasn’t reopened yet.” Holt concluded.