Swimming to End Poverty

Growing up and travelling in Southern Africa, Michael has seen first hand the extreme poverty and societal inequality that people are born into. He is passionate about the fight against poverty not only in Southern Africa but also around the world. By participating in this unprecedented swimming challenge Michael hopes to create awareness of this injustice and to inspire others to also take a stand. He has teamed up with Oxfam who are at the forefront of creating and inspiring change among businesses, community and world leaders in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030.

Who are Oxfam?

Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together they save and rebuild lives in disasters. They help people build better lives for themselves. They speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality discrimination against women and climate change. And they won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

In Just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. In 15 more, we can end extreme poverty for good

Ending Extreme Poverty 

Ending extreme poverty is within reach of our generation, but it demands a powerful and practical response, both to its causes and the terrible impact it has on people’s lives. Clean water, food, safety, the ability to support your family – especially when disaster strikes. These things aren’t just for some people. They’re for everyone – women and men alike – regardless of where you live or who you are.


Speaking Up Against Inequality

From Downing Street to the World Bank, they make sure the voices of the world’s poorest people are heard loud and clear. They bring their passionate supporters together to take action on big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, climate change and hunger.  Every action is powerful – signing a petition, pressuring big business, marching on Westminster. When they speak as one, world leaders listen.

Providing Assistance in Disaster Zones

When a disaster happens, Oxfam staff are often the first on the scene. They’re world leaders in emergency water and sanitation and experts in providing shelter, food and protection. And not only that, the work they do afterwards helps people fully recover and get back on their feet.

Ensuring Access to Clean Water and Sanitation 

In emergencies, Oxfam ensures people can get clean water to drink and decent sanitation. They also provide help for people to get food and the essentials they need to survive and ensure the most vulnerable are kept safe from harm. Oxfam also supports them in being better prepared to cope with shocks and uncertainties and helps rebuild communities to come back stronger from disaster and to face the future on their own terms.


Promoting Self Reliance

Oxfam's long- term support and life changing work enables people to escape poverty; their work is about promoting self-reliance rather than dependency. Too often, poor people have no way to make a decent living. So they help farmers, workers and business owners with everything from building cooperatives, to training, to funding equipment that helps their business grow. And when they support a fairer, better, more exciting business, everyone in the community feels the benefit.

Putting Women At The Forefront

Women and girls are crucial to ending poverty, but they don’t have the access to the same opportunities and resources as men. So Oxfam put women at the heart of our work, ensuring they’re aware of their rights to land, income and education