Each year the Vaka Eiva Boiler swim raises funds for a Rarotonga charity.
Paddlers will leave their vaka on the shore and swap the paddles for swimming togs and goggles. The Boiler Swim is open to anyone and everyone - paddlers and spectators, locals and visitors
The 700m swim raises money with gold coin donations. This year the charity receiving the gold coin donations from the race will be the team at the Te Are Manu Clinic.
Te Are Manu Vet Clinic were surprised and delighted to be told they would be the beneficiaries of the Boiler Swim fundraiser.
Veterinarians Ellen McBryde and Katie Bradley are keen to join this year’s Vaka Eiva Boiler swim.
McBryde is volunteering from Australia and Bradley comes from New York. They have never been swimming out to the Boiler before but they are ready to brave the waves to help the local vet clinic.
McBryde said Te Are Manu would greatly benefit from the donations, as there were so many animal treatments they had to order in to treat Rarotonga’s animals.
The clinic is never empty; they have helped treat hundreds of local pets this year.
“The clinic dog Sonny is also a very good swimmer and he might tag along too,” laughed McBryde.
McBryde said the donations would go to purchasing heartworm treatment, a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs and cats. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito.
The clinic currently provides monthly preventative treatments and can give your pet an injection to prevent heartworm for up to twelve months.
The Vaka Eiva Boiler Swim will start at the beach in front of Trader Jack’s in Avarua on Tuesday, November 26 at 5pm.