Edie Hu, one of the founding coaches of Splash Foundation, will be attempting a solo 45km swim circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island, i.e. HK360Swim, on 3 November 2018. This will make Edie the first Chinese-American woman to swim around the Island. She expects to complete the swim in 12 to 15 hours, aiming to raise HK$500,000 for the Foundation which will go towards its philanthropic efforts in the future.
Splash Foundation is the only charitable organization in Hong Kong which offers free swimming lessons to domestic helpers and children from low-income families. The Foundation seeks to educate, empower and connect the 370,000 strong foreign domestic helper community, accounting for 5% of the city’s population, by teaching this life skill.
In preparation for the challenge, Edie has logged more than 700km in open water swimming over the past 12 months – the equivalent of swimming from Hong Kong to Taiwan!
Follow Edie’s swim via a real-time tracking website or, cheer on Edie and follow her progress onboard the Simpson Marine support yacht on the day.
All proceeds raised will go directly to 2019 programme expenses and if we reach our goal, that means 250 people will have the chance to learn how to swim next year!
To contribute towards Edie’s fundraising effort, click here.
To know how Edie is preparing for this ultra-distance swim, follow her on @edieswimshongkong
Talking about the swim she says:
“Water has always been a part of my life. My fondest childhood memories centred on the summer swim team, which I joined when I was 7…
After college, I was burned out from competitive swimming and took a long break from the pool. It wasn’t until I moved from New York to Hong Kong, that I started swimming again. Without any open water swimming experience, I tried the 2.2km Shek-O Challenge race and found it really freaky yet exhilarating. But the experience emboldened me which led to further races. I was soon immersed in the open water swimming community, swimming endless miles at sea with friends and this group has become my family in Hong Kong. Thus began my obsession! I have now swum most of the local races including the Clean Half and Cold Half as well as the Maui Channel, Rottnest Channel Swim and most recently the English Channel with a relay partner.
One of the things I love most about swimming in Hong Kong is that it has connected me to the city in a way I never could have imagined. I feel very fortunate to experience a completely different perspective on Hong Kong’s natural beauty and as my friends know, I always have camera in hand to capture it all (check out my Insta feed @edieswimshongkong)! The water is getting cleaner, the sea-life is getting richer and there are undiscovered beaches, waterfalls or caves around nearly every corner. If my HK360Swim encourages just a few more people to discover the joys of swimming in Hong Kong, it will be worthwhile.
Around the same time I discovered open water swimming, a group of us also started Splash, providing free swim lessons for Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong. What started as a whim quickly grew into a full blown charitable organization. I was continually inspired and humbled by the determination and gratitude these women and men have for their one opportunity to learn how to swim – a life skill that I previously took for granted. So I am thrilled to use my HK360Swim to raise money and awareness for Splash.
Out of the water A Lotus Rises #WSC