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How will you participate in the CongoSwim on August 25?
Organized by the Congo Team of the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in California, CongoSwim provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in terms of sexual violence against women and girls. August 25 is an Orange Day – a day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls. CongoSwim participants are encouraged to raise funds for the Congolese grassroots groups receiving grants from Global Fund for Women and Friends of the Congo. A portion of the funds raised will also benefit the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative, to prevent children from drowning in the US. Swimming is not the only way to participate.
Presbyterians are participating in a variety of ways. Zephyr Point Conference Center will provide free lodging for the participants who swim Lake Tahoe. White Plains Presbyterian Church will mark the day with a slip and slide on their lawn. I will engage in prayer and walk to support this effort.
Pray for the women and all the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, those who participate in CongoSwim, and for all who work to end violence against women around the world.