Sometimes there are events that make us realized just how much impact one person can have on the world. Fresh off her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad completed a 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief” to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
I had the pleasure of witnessing a very special '”only in New York event” for a good cause and interviewing some of the celeb attendees!
More than 200 people swam with Diana over the course of 48 hours, including notable New Yorkers, celebrities, Sandy victims, Sandy volunteers, first responders, Roscoe the dog, children, and even an 82-year old woman.
Hurricane Sandy caused approximately $70 billion in damage across the Eastern seaboard, destroying 12,500 homes in New Jersey alone. To-date in Ocean County, more than 25,000 residents are still displaced from their homes, and in New York FEMA has again extended its deadline for Transitional Sheltering Assistance -- demonstrating the continued need for these recovery efforts.
The swim in Herald Square kicked off the Nyad Swim For Relief fundraiser, raising funds for AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Diana, who has already raised more than $100,000 in just 48 hours, is now asking everyone to do their part and donate at NyadSwimforRelief.com.
The fundraiser will continue until the end of the month - the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. P&G brands such as Duracell, Tide and Secret covered all event costs to maximize funds donated.
Diana's estimated swim distance at the end of the 48 hours is 96 miles (the equivalent of swimming from NYC to Philadelphia). This morning Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts congratulated Diana Nyad at the finish of her 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief" to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Celebrities, athletes and TV personalities joined long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad during her 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief" presented by P&G brands Duracell, Tide and Secret, Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 8-10, 2013, in New York's Herald Square. The swimming celebs included:
Nikki Reed (Twilight), Richard Simmons (TV Personality), Natalie Morales (TODAY Show host), Adrienne Bailon (Latina TV Personality), Nastia Liukin (Olympian), Sammi "Sweetheart" (Jersey Shore), Tate Donovan (Argo) and Gary Hall Jr. (Olympian) Team Up with Diana and P&G brands Duracell, Tide and Secret to Raise Funds for AmeriCares
Diana Nyad with Nikki Reed in th Herald Square, New York City swimming in a 42,000 gallon custom pool.
Adrienne Bailon wore her Christian Louboutins until she jumped in the pool in her American Apparel swimsuit!
Joe Manganiello joined Nyad poolside.
Lead handler Bonnie Stoll, left, and Diana Nyad speak to the press after the finish of the "Swim for Relief". The swim is raising funds at www.NyadSwimforRelief.com for AmeriCares, a non-profit relief organization, with P&G brands such as Duracell, Tide and Secret underwriting the production costs to maximize the funds donated.