It's starting to turn into a tradition! For the fourth year in a row, Yays will take part in the 7th edition of the annual Amsterdam City Swim to raise funds for Stichting ALS Netherlands, a local foundation raising awareness for ALS and research treatment for ALS patients.
Amsterdam City Swim
On the 9th of September, 2018, 3000 participants will jump into the chilly Amsterdam canals and are swimming a 2KM route, starting at the historical Marine Etablissement and finishing at Keizersgracht. The event is known to bring in thousands of supporters from all over the Netherlands as well as other parts of the world!
Meet the Yays team
Meet this year's team: Helen, Laura, Lianne, Egon, Femke and Sarah! You can support them by donating (all donations go directly to the ALS Netherlands Foundation) through their personal profile page, or through the Yays team page!
Name: Helen Hubert
Position: Management Assistant
Hometown: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Years previously participated: This will be Helen's first year!
Helen says: "What makes this swim so special, is to challenge myself for the people who suffer from ALS. Every day is a challenge for them, that increasingly intensifies as the disease progresses. I have so much admiration and respect for their perseverance! I am hoping to make a contribution with the support of my family and friends!"
Name: Laura Pruim
Position: Reservations Coordinator
Hometown: Velserbroek, The Netherlands
Years previously participated: This will be Laura's first year!
Laura Says: "I am swimming the Amsterdam City Swim because I have a passion for swimming. I am a water polo player so naturally, any swimming challenge is right up my street! I find it really important that there will be money raised for research into ALS and am excited to take on this challenge for an amazing charity!"
Name: Lianne van Leeuwen
Position: Marketing Content Coordinator
Hometown: Onderdijk, The Netherlands
Years previously participated: This will be Lianne's first year!
Lianne says: "This year I am taking part in the Amsterdam City Swim for the first time. I shall be taking part with my colleagues as we collect money for better research on ALS. In addition, it is also something active (which I love) and an overall fun challenge for us!"
Name: Egon Knops
Position: Sales and Marketing Manager
Hometown: Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
Years previously participated: This will be Egon's fourth year!
Egon says: "For the fourth year in a row, I shall be jumping into the water to generate attention for the fight against ALS and collect money for better research. We are hoping that you support team Yays, every donation is welcome!"
Name: Femke van der Meer
Position: E-Commerce Executive
Hometown: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Years previously participated: This will be Femke's first year!
Femke says: "Together with the Yays team, I shall be participating in the Amsterdam City Swim in hopes of raising money for more and better research for ALS. Being able to swim in the Amstel has also been on my bucket list for some time so I can finally check this off my list!"
Name: Sarah Torrington
Position: Marketing Intern
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Years previously participated: This will be Sarah's first year!
Sarah says: "What a great way of raising money for such a great cause in the most Amsterdamian way possible! The Amsterdam City Swim will be a challenge, but I am excited! I am so looking forward to this challenge as I take part with some of my amazing colleagues, all in hope to create awareness for ALS. Here's hoping that the water isn't too cold!"
Fun fact: Sarah will participate on her birthday!
Alternatively, click here to donate to the Yays' Team Page! All donations go directly to the ALS Netherlands foundation. Thank you for supporting Team Yays!