This challenge is being undertaken by Surrey-born Kate Willoughby, who is aiming to raise funds and create awareness for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The mammoth swimathon around ‘the world’ will cover a 25 km stretch of coastline and is expected to take 32 year old Kate a dozen hours to complete.
Willoughby, who works in Dubai’s chamber of commerce and industry said that, “When I learnt about Duchenne muscular dystrophy I was determined to do something to bring the disease into the spotlight and raise some funds towards finding a cure.”
The United Arab Emirates swimming coach, Jay Benner has been drafted in to help the expat prepare for the feat for which she is training four times a week for. She describes the swim as a “huge challenge” and said that it was “great to be able to use a landmark that everybody has heard of to raise money for an illness that few people know anything about.”