A swim of 2000 meters through the Amsterdam Canals for ALS

A swim of 2000 meters through the Amsterdam Canals for ALS

On August 30th, 2011, a group of 14 friends swam through the narrow passage between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara called he Hellespont in order to raise money for their mutual friend Weert Jan Weerts, who was diagnosed with ALS. Since that day, they call themselves the Hellespont Swimmers.

After receiving a multitude of positive reactions, the group decided to take it to the next level, which resulted in:

  • 2012: 1000 participants and €740,000
  • 2013: 2000 participants and €1,700,000
  • 2014: 2200 participants and €2,160,000 (5% was international)
  • 2015: 2500 paricipants and € 1.833.000

200 participants for the Amsterdam City Swim for Kids

There is a complete budget coverage due to the sponsoring, subsidies and registration fees. As such, 100% of donations are transferred to the ALS foundation.

  • More than 75,000 donations were done via amsterdamcityswim.nl
  • There were 260,000 unique visitors from January – October 2014
  • There were over 47,000 unique visitors from MySports for the 115,000 personal video’s

We would like to say that we are incredibly proud of all the participants and volunteers that make the Amsterdam City Swim possible! We will strive for more successful Amsterdam City Swim editions as long as there is no cure for ALS.