Williams Lake’s Patrick Verbeeck swims during January’s Blue Fins Frost Fest Swim Meet. This Saturday he’ll be swimming across Williams Lake to help raise money for cancer research

Williams Lake’s Patrick Verbeeck swims during January’s Blue Fins Frost Fest Swim Meet. This Saturday he’ll be swimming across Williams Lake to help raise money for cancer research

Strokes for Life to raise funds for cancer research

Williams Lake’s Patrick Verbeeck will swim across Williams Lake this Saturday, Aug. 4 to help raise funds for cancer research.

Williams Lake’s Patrick Verbeeck will swim across Williams Lake this Saturday, Aug. 4 to help raise funds for cancer research.

Verbeeck, who graduated from Columneetza secondary this past June, will attempt the seven-kilometre swim beginning at Russet Bluff and ending at Scout Island. He said he plans to start around 11 a.m.

“I’m doing this because some friends of mine that I know have gone through fighting cancer,” Verbeeck said. “I’ve been getting pledges, going door to door. I’m hoping to raise $1,000.”

Verbeeck, a member of the Williams Lake Blue Fins Swim Club, said he’d like to invite anyone on the lake to join him in his swim.

He’ll also have a team of kayakers and canoeists form a barrier around him to ensure his swim is safe.

“I’ve never swam this long of a distance before at once,” he said, noting it should be a fairly grueling task.

He’s calling his swim Strokes for Life.

Verbeeck said anyone interested in making a pledge or donation can contact him at 250-296-4380 or by e-mail at verbeeck_patrick@hotmail.ca.

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