Back in September, a gentleman known as Steve asked an innocent enough question on the Outdoor Swimming Society Facebook group.
I’m curious – if you could capture in “one word” what your own motivations are for open water swims, what would that word be ?
The thread grew and grew with eventually over 100 responses. At some point in time, another lovely lady called Debbie took those words, and put them into a “wordle” (random word cloud thing) generator – and it came up with a fish. The size of the words was dictated by the frequency that they appeared in the list, and so the Freedom Fish was born.
Debbie is a friend of ours, and after lots of people suggested getting T-Shirts made, she approached us and asked if we could make the T-Shirts to raise money for the Nile Swimmers project. We didn’t have a lot of money to invest in that at the time (very busy in Lebanon), and so a company called Gone Swimming would help fund the initial print run, and also provide the online shop platform, and postage resources; all to raise money for the Nile Swimmers Project charity.
The design was refined, printers were sourced, lovely organic cotton T-shirts were decided upon, and here we are!!
Such a lovely story of an innocent question, collaborative answers, and then a collaborative effort to raise money for a good cause. The T-Shirts have been on sale for less than 12 hours, and we have already sold 1/3 of the stock! Looks like we may need another print run.
To get yours, visit the Nile Swimmers shop. There is postage pricing for international delivery.