Channeling with a cause with NZ Members Sarah & Callum Eade

Author: Monica Portillo

Join NZ Chamber Members Sarah & Callum Eade as they prepare for their next marathon swim. On Feb 8 and 9 Callum Eade along with Aquaducks need 24 avid swimmers here in Singapore to swim 5km each to swim the length of the English Channel and raise funds for Cancer Research.

February 8 is the Hollandse Club and Feb 9 is the Swiss Club. Please see their events pages for more details.

Why you ask?

In 2019 Team Eade had a goal of swimming the English Channel to raise $100k for kids Cancer Research! Callum swam the channel, and incredibly, ended with an amazing $175k for Cancer Charity Tour De Cure!

Callum is now preparing to return to Dover, UK. He is planning to attempt a triple crossing of the English Channel. That means he starts in England, swims to France, back to the UK and the finally back to France. The swim will be over 100km, and if he can complete it, he will set a world record as the oldest ever to complete the triple crossing.

Callum is doing this in parallel with the Oceans Seven challenge. Oceans Seven is the brainchild of Steven Munatones, this was to follow the theme of the seven Summits, covering 7 iconic channels from around the world. To date, only 19 people have completed all seven.

Why? Personally, Callum is a cancer survivor himself. He was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer 10 years ago. Sadly, however his wife Sarah was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer 4 months ago. They are in the midst of a treatment plan for her right now. A battle they are determined to win.

Given this, the fundraising continues for Channeling a Cause… They plan to raise $300k to lung cancer research here in Singapore and need our support to reach these goals.

COVID has created the obvious challenges, but the path to the triple is firmly on track and currently scheduled for October. They have recruited a key team to help with the preparation. This includes swim coaching from Marsden Swim School, as well as the BRILLIANT team from UFIT Gym.

Callum was scheduled to be half way through the Oceans 7 swims by now. Like so many things globally, this also went on hold. The relative global isolation has seen Team Eade become a lot closer to the amazing sponsorship partners they have here in Singapore enabling them to bring this together! Firstly, his wife and family are the #1 supporters. Then the Channeling A Cause Singapore sponsorship family includes RDRC (Red Dot Running Company), UFIT, Marsden Swim School, GYG, Evergreen Car Rental, Bikes N Bites, BondiviteSG, Now Comms, Up2Speed and Baker and Cook. What a team!

Training is practically a full-time job for Callum! He swims 7 times a week over 6 days, includes 3 dry-land gym sessions and a weekly sports massage. This equates to around 18-20 hours a week.

2021 Goals

Firstly, to continue to win the battle to keep Sarah healthy. Second to that is to get to Dover in October.

Callum has also been doing a few motivational keynote speeches for leadership teams on overcoming adversity, so he is hoping to continue that work as well. He would also like to work to increase public awareness on the importance of general health check-ups and early detection. Lung Cancer or Cancer in general DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE.

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