Mandela Day 2023 #swimforshelter

Swim for Shelter with Cape Town Swim this Mandela Day

This Mandela Day we’re contributing towards the Haven Night Shelter, a welfare organisation that provides support for homeless persons in the Western Cape.

For every kilometer swum by our swimmers in July, Cape Town Swim will donate R10 towards the Haven Night Shelter “Buy a Bed” campaign. Our goal is to swim a collective of at least 75km (R750) which will cover the first 5 nights’ stay at a shelter for 10 homeless persons.

How can you help?

  • Email us on to sign up for a swim* in July (Saturdays 09h00) and we’ll donate one bed-night on your behalf. (R100 per swim or R300 for all 5 swims)
  • “Buy a Bed” directly on the Haven Night Shelter website, send us a screenshot and join us for a free swim*. (Donations from R75)
  • Not a swimmer? Feel free to donate directly on the Haven website and share the campaign so others can donate too. (Donations from 75)

*Swimmers must be fit to swim at least 1km in open water to join our sessions (recent experience a requirement).
*Swim times subject to change due to varying conditions.
*Swim locations will be confirmed at the start of each week.

Let’s help eradicate homelessness in our city, especially during these cold winter months!