Nearly 1,000 swimmers are expected at this week's Merrifield Mile in South Africa. Merrifield Preparatory School & College student Jacqui Russell had the original idea for the Merrifield Mile, but she tragically passed away before her dream was realized.
Jacqui was on the Merrifield Student Council that was raising money for a school hall and Jacqui's contribution was to establish a foundation to organize an open water swimming on the Nahoon River. The Nahoon River is located in the city East London on the east coast of South Africa.
Mandy Houzet, one of the organizers of the event says, "We want this to be a fun filled family day, as it was Jacqui's vision, we want to fulfil her dreams. [The event] is to promote East London and this stunning river and our beaches that are so completely underrated, people just don't know what we've got."
May Jacqui's dream live on.