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Egyptian Team Swims Over English Channel to Fund Children's Hospitals

The six-person relay across the English Channel by Stroke for Egypt helped raise funds for the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 and the Aboul Reesh Paediatric Hospital in Mounira.

Stroke for Egypt - an organisation dedicated to integrating swimmers with and without disabilities - has completed a six-person relay across the English Channel to help raise funds for the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 and the Aboul Reesh Paediatric Hospital in Mounira.

The EGY BLENDO relay team is made up of four Egyptian swimmers including Mohamed El Husseiny, an athlete with Down Syndrome who crossed the English Channel in 2017, and two German swimmers. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and SAIB Bank, and led the athletes to break many of their own personal records in the process.

Stroke for Egypt was founded by Captain Khaled Shalaby, who famously became the first to cross the English Channel with only one arm in 1983, and Sherwitte Hafez, an Olympic swimmer who represented Egypt in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

CairoScene previously sat down with El Husseiny for our #19OF2019 interview series with the most impactful Egyptians of 2019, where we discussed his landmark appointment as the first UN Goodwill Ambassador with Down Syndrome in Egypt and the Middle East.