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The Swimming Tour around Formentera against Cystic Fibrosis closed its 16th edition with 240 swimmers dumps to our cause. During the weekend of 3 to 5 July they all swam the crystal clear waters of Formentera sheltered from the wind thanks to the hard work of the volunteers of the organization.
Once again our flagship event highlights the solidarity of its participants and the desire of all to breathe for all those children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis. Many of them veterans and first-timers many others, the 240 swimmers could swim up to 22 km for those areas sheltered from the wind in Formentera. Most prepared swimmers have told us that when they arrived to the event the most important was to swim the more kilometers the better. When they left, the most important thing for them was to have swum kilometers of quality alongside people like Alberto, Irene, the two Albas and Alvaro, seeing how they worked harder than anyone to defend his cause. On the other side we had the least prepared, a little scared of what was coming over to see so many expert swimmers. At the end of the first day we were told that the sense of security that our volunteers offered them, served them to enjoy swimming in the open sea, beside the cliffs and caves of the island of Formentera.
Martin Giacchetta, sponsor of the event, used to make a new solidarity challenge every year, showed his satisfaction for having participated and opens the door to future participation, so we are extremely proud. Others, like David Tripiana or Carles Céspedes, great swimmers at long distances and difficult challenges, showed their desire to cooperate in any way with the Foundation. To all, our sincere thanks. We always will be at their side in their new challenges.
According to the oldest volunteers, this may have been one of the best editions of the Respiralia history, not because the amount of kilometers swum, but the atmosphere of solidarity shown by swimmers. With this attitude, Respiralia continues to grow year after year, not in the number of swimmers because there are no more seats, but in social impact and help to those most in need: children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis.
I leave the picture of the great family which is Respiralia.