News

4/9/20
Since pools will likely remain closed for the next month, we are encouraging our swimmers to take on a fitness challenge — FS ReMix — in order to complete their "laps" in creative ways while still raising funds to help end slavery! Several teams had a chance to swim before pool closings, one team did a group run, and others are just coming up with their plans. Let's see if we can still reach our goal of $80,000 for IJM, despite the challenge of coronavirus!

3/12/20
We are very sorry to announce that our March 14 event has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus. Although this is very disappointing, it is not the end of the story! Many swimmers are planning to meet up as a team and swim on their own, in order to meet their lap goals and continue fundraising for IJM. Our fundraising site continues to get donations from our community, and our total is still growing! Thank you for supporting our efforts to help IJM end slavery.

3/12/20
The Freedom Swim leadership team is evaluating the current recommendations for hosting events in Dane County regarding COVID-19. We will email all attendees later today with an announcement as to our decision about whether to host or cancel our event. Thank you for your patience.

3/9/20
Registration is closed now, and we have 164 swimmers registered (and a dozen Little Freedom Swimmers)! These kids and teens are fundraising like crazy, and sharing their passion to end slavery. Check out their fundraising progress!

2/26/20
Great news!! An anonymous Wisconsin donor has again offered to match our swimmers' first $35,000! Tell your sponsors their donations will be doubled!

We currently have 132 swimmers registered, but there is still room for more! The deadline is 3/7, but register soon to leave time to fundraise before you swim!

2/24/20

Kickoff was awesome! If you missed it, we hope these resources are helpful in your fundraising:

Pledge Sheets to keep track of your pledges and donations
IJM/FS Cards to give to potential donors who want to think it over
IJM Fact Sheet to show to potential donors what IJM is about
Jon Good's presentation describing IJM's work, especially in Ghana (including video of Esther's story)
Ellen's Fundraising presentation from Kickoff
Pledge Info Card to turn in at Event Check-In

2/03/20
The Freedom Swim 2020 promo video is now online, and we already have 61 swimmers registered! We are glad to see the teams forming and excitement building! Kickoff happens in 20 days...

12/04/19
Registration for Freedom Swim 2020 is now open! Early Bird discount will save you $7 per swimmer from now until January 20!

10/12/19
The lead team is seeking 2020 event sponsors and doing lots of planning! Freedom Swim 2020 will be held March 14th at the Middleton High School Pool!

4/16/19
Amazing job, Freedom Swimmers! A total of $71,253 was raised by 184 swimmers, with their amazing families and sponsors. A generous anonymous donor offered a $35,000 match for us, so the combined total was $106,253! This provides funding for more than 16 IJM rescue operations, which have potential to free and restore hundreds of people. We're so proud of all your hard work! And big high fives for our top three fundraising teams, Waves in the Wind (with $8,845 raised), Gray Whales/CC East (with $7,019 raised), and Hope Hurricane (with $6,770 raised)! An outstanding effort on behalf of victims of slavery!

4/1/19
Only 5 more days until Freedom Swim 2019!! Fundraising is going great -- over $8600 is in the campaign already! Way to go, Freedom Swimmers! Make sure to check your emails from us for important info about event day. Encourage your teammates, learn something more about the fight against modern-day slavery, and go find that swimsuit and pair of goggles! See you Saturday!!

3/17/19
Kickoff 2019 was awesome!! Miss it? That’s OK! The following links will take you to the videos, PowerPoint presentations, and fundraising resources which will help catch you up. Check them out and contact us with any questions!

IJM: Fighting to End Slavery. For Good. (This video is a helpful overview of IJM's work to end slavery.)
The Deep Place: Foli's Story (video)
Born Free: Thaiyamma's Story (video)
Caroline and Ellen's Event Details and Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Fundraising Tips from Freedom Swimmers! (video)
Pledge sheet (PDF) - Take it with you everywhere!
Business cards (PDF) - Cut and hand out to potential sponsors
2017 IJM Fact Sheet (PDF) - Print and share with your sponsors so they can see that IJM is awesome!

BIG NEWS! A generous donor in Wisconsin has offered to match our first $35,000 of funds raised! That means that if we reach our goal of $65,000, our total will actually be $100,000! That would fund 15 rescue operations! Can we do it, Freedom Swimmers?!

We're now at 143 registered swimmers -- way to go recruiting your friends! Let's see if we can fill up our teams and hit 200 swimmers!

3/12/19
We're up to 85 Freedom Swimmers, and Kickoff is in 4 days (4:30 to 6:30 at PlayN Wisconsin)! Bring a friend to learn about slavery, IJM, Freedom Swim, and how simply asking a few neighbors and relatives to sponsor your laps can bring hope to this world! Bring a signed waiver, socks, water bottle, and a heart of compassion.

3/1/19
We have 44 youth registered so far for the 2019 Freedom Swim! We're hoping for 150 or 200 swimmers this year, sharing the passion to end modern-day slavery. In a world that can be full of bad news, you guys are bringing hope and joy to your community, and to those that IJM can rescue because of your work!

1/31/19
Big news! Freedom Swim 2019 will have three waves, each a two hour time block, which means we have space for more swimmers than ever! The Freedom Swim lead team is busy spreading the word about the swim-a-thon through lots of presentations, and registration is now open!