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Dorcy Sponsors U.S. Woman Set
for Historic Ocean Swim

Jennifer Figge will attempt to become the first woman, and first American, to swim across the Atlantic Ocean

Dorcy International, Inc. Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 1/21/2009
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U.S. swimmer Jennifer Figge

U.S. swimmer Jennifer Figge

SAO VICENTE, Cape Verde Islands - U.S. swimmer Jennifer Figge will depart later this week from Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa in her attempt to become the first woman, and first American, to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Figge announced today from Sao Vicente in Cape Verde that her historic odyssey will support Volvic's "Drink 1, Give 10" campaign, a program that provides funding to enable UNICEF to supply clean water for children in Ethiopia.

The 56-year-old mother of a racecar driver plans to swim six to eight hours a day within a 20-by-13-foot cage custom-designed to protect her from sharks and other predators. When Figge's not swimming, the engines on her support boat, Carried Away, will be turned off and the catamaran will drift toward its ultimate destination, the Barbados. Carried Away arrived today in the Cape Verde Islands from the Canary Islands, where it had been shipped last month on a freighter.

"They say a message in a bottle takes 60 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean," says Figge, who lives in Aspen, Colorado. "I hope to move a bit faster."

Figge's first endurance challenge was a 12-day run in 1989 across Iowa, where she was born and raised. Her son Alex's third-grade class charted her course by moving pushpins across a map. Today, followers can monitor Figge through a tracking device found via her Facebook page, where she's chronicling the adventure: facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Figge/31076423324.

"In my life, I haven't really had many challenges, so I challenge myself," Figge says. "I feed off the inspiration of people who have had real challenges. My father died of throat cancer. My uncle was an amputee. I had a cousin critically burned in a plane crash. Those people keep me going."

SWIM TO SUPPORT U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF

Figge announced today that her swim would support Volvic's "Drink 1, Give 10" campaign, a program that provides funding to enable UNICEF to supply clean water to children in Ethiopia. Fans and followers are encouraged to support Figge through direct donations to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF via Jennifer's Facebook page or directly from the "Drink 1, Give 10" campaign web site at p1g10.drink1give10.com.

The funds raised through Volvic's "Drink 1, Give 10" campaign will support UNICEF water projects in two districts of the Benishangul-Gumuz region of western Ethiopia to help improve the health of community members by increasing access to sustainable water supply through the construction of water supply systems. Volvic already has pledged to donate $.40 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to benefit the "Drink 1, Give 10" program for every mile Jennifer swims.

"I'm thrilled that every stroke I take in the Atlantic Ocean water will help provide clean water to children in Africa," Figge says. "It will motivate and inspire me to accomplish this goal. The team will not only keep me safe, but believe me, they also will keep me entertained," says Figge. "We've assembled a crew with an interesting mix of skills, personalities and temperaments. It's going to be quite an adventure."

A host of sponsors and partners are providing support for Figge and crew, including Speedo (speedo.com), XTERRA WETSUITS (xterrawetsuits.com), AdvoCare (advocare.com), Vertra Elemental Resistance (vertra.com), Elete Electrolyte (eletewater.com), Celsius (celsius.com), Aqua Symphony (aquasymphony.net), Dorcy International (dorcy.com), Navimo (navimo.com), Indel Webasto Marine USA (indelwebastomarineusa.com), BoatRenting.com (boatrenting.com), Altmount (altmount.com) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ishof.org).

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