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Swimming for Healthy Reef and Healthy People - Eric Donis is a proud 17-year-old Sanpedrano who has set a challenge for his birthday – to swim from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to Belize City with the goal to promote Healthy Reefs and Healthy People.

Eric Donis is a young Belizean swimmer and triathlete who aspires to represent Belize one day at international triathlon events around the world including the Olympics and maybe one day in the famous Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Donis came up with an idea to swim from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to Belize City in just three days. His purpose is to raise awareness of the delicate nature of our Barrier Reef at a time when there was much talk about the dangers of offshore drilling for oil.

This impressive undertaking has inspired other triathletes, who are more than twice the age of Eric, to join him in his cause. Ten other athletes see this swim, as not just an opportunity to raise awareness of the delicate nature of our reef system, but also a chance to showcase their talent. They also want to demonstrate to the world how important it is to have a healthy balance between a healthy environment and healthy people.

Triathletes are some of the fittest and healthiest people on the planet and from March 23 to 25, they, along with Eric, will take on the challenge.

The team of Healthy Reef, Healthy People Swim Challenge is inviting and asking for anybody’s support; the members welcome any assistance from the country of Belize. Ambergris Today is happy to support this amazing and inspiring challenge. For more information check out the Healthy Reef, Healthy People Swim Challenge Facebook page, “Like” it and spread the word.

by Gerry Badillo

Eric Donis Swim Route

Swim Map for Healthy Reefs, Healthy People Swim Challenge 2012

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    Eric is truly inspiring.  We should all support him in some way or the other and hope and pray that Dean Barrow will get the idea of drilling for oil in our seas OFF IS HEAD.

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    Can we learn of his schedule?  Where will he stop tro rest the first night, and the second?  Any plans for his stops?

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    Wow, very inspiring.  

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    Knowing Dean Barrow 60% of the country will have to swim from San Pedro To Belize before he listens to us!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job Eric! Keep it up!

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