Swim4Sadna fundraising swim. Swim4Sadna fundraising swim. The fifth annual Swim4Sadna raised money for a special-needs program in Israel. (Photo: Laura Ben-David)

Diving in for a cause: Women swim miles in charity event

Israel's annual Swim4Sadna raises funds for special-needs educational and vocational programs.

Hundreds of women converged on the 8-mile-wide Lake Kinneret in Israel on May 30 with one purpose in mind – help special-needs children who are not being adequately served in public schools.

The fifth annual Swim4Sadna was a personal swimming challenge – not a race – where participants could be sponsored and supported. There were two routes to choose from – a 3.5K (about 1 mile) and a 1.5K (about 2.1 miles), each starting at different beaches along the Kinneret, and both ending at the same spot. Funds were raised on behalf of the Sadnat Shiluv b'Emunah, a nonprofit organization located south of Jerusalem that promotes personal empowerment and inclusion for children with special needs. Called "the Sadna" for short, the organization includes a special-education school for children with various disabilities, aftercare programs, an agricultural farming program and assisted living communities. 

Swim4Sadna 2014 raised funds for the development of a comprehensive vocational training and employment program that would offer instruction for various skill levels and capabilities. 

Here are photos and tweets from the event that are guaranteed to uplift and inspire:

The Kinneret valley, at dawn. kinneret sunset Photo: Laura Ben-David

Getting started. kinneret Photo: Laura Ben-David

After the swim. swim4sadna after 2 Photo: Laura Ben-David

Relief. swim4sadna after Photo: Laura Ben-David

Joy. swimmer Photo: Laura Ben-David

The entire group of swimmers, after the swim. group photo of Swim4Sadna participants. Photo: Sharon Altshul

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Swim4Sadna is an annual swim-a-thon event to raise funds for educational programs for special-needs kids. See photos and tweets from Swim4Sadna 2014.