On Aug. 15, Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center will help facilitate an event to raise awareness and support for women and youth organizing for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “CongoSwim” is a collective action in which people dedicate summer activities to raise awareness and support for this cause. Keris Dahlkamp, CongoSwim founder and a member of the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church’s Congo Team completed a solo swim of the 22 mile length of Lake Tahoe last summer. On the pilot boat he was cheered on by Coco Ramazani, a Congolese survivor of war and systematic sexual violence, who launched her first speaking out tour as her CongoSwim action.
Keris, Coco, other swimmers and a Congolese family who were recently relocated to Oakland as refugees will be coming to Zephyr Point for a relay crossing of the width of Lake Tahoe on August 15th, 2014. The relay team has swimmers as young as 8 will begin at Sand Harbor at 8 a.m. and expect to finish at Sky Land in the early afternoon. The collective actions, which will conclude on Aug. 25, are in observance of Orange Day, a call to action by the United Nations Women, which the Presbyterian Office at the United Nations encourages congregations to observe.
For swimmers who would like to participate in the relay, there is space for two more. Most of the swimmers plan to swim in 30-minute intervals. Call Rena Meyers-Dahlkamp, for more information at 925.323.7928.
To learn more visit www.congoswim.org.