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Swimming 700 miles to help Haiti - Swim Team more than doubles their goal

TV news viewers across Southern California are talking about the generosity of the Redlands community.

 Redlands swimmers appeared on Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV Channel 4 News at Five Friday, Feb. 5. The smiling, t-shirt-clad athletes were recognized for a $5,000 pledge to the channel’s Hope for Haiti campaign.

 The contribution was part of the swimmers’ “700 Miles to Haiti” campaign. As part of the effort, swimmers committed to lap 700 miles – the distance from the U.S. mainland to Haiti – in the Thompson Aquatic Center.

 At the end of a two-week effort, the swimmers actually doubled their original goal, with the university community lapping more than 1,400 miles. The campus community has given more than $11,000 in donations and pledges, and officials estimate the final tally will be somewhere around $15,000.

Proceeds will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. The effort was a joint project of the Office of Community Service Learning and the university’s swimming and diving teams.

Fritz Coleman of KNBC-TV Channel 4 News said he was impressed by the team’s efforts, as well as the generosity of the Inland Empire and beyond during harsh economic times.

“People are still digging deep,” he said. “It’s been a very inspirational day out here.”

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