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Herbert Smith Freehills' Learning and Development Manager Simon Holliday will attempt to swim around Hong Kong Island on 11 November to raise money for charity.

Simon is a veteran of these endurance swims, having swum the English Channel in 2011 and the 35-kilometre route from Hong Kong to Macau in 2014, for which he holds the world record.

In this latest challenge, he is aiming to set a new record for swimming the 45-kilometre route unassisted and without stopping in under 17 hours. The island has only been circumnavigated by a swimmer once before, by Australian Olympian Linda McGill in 1976.

Simon hopes the swim will raise HK$1 million for local charity Splash's mission of teaching 5,000 people from disadvantaged communities in Hong Kong to swim by 2020. 

Splash was founded by Simon in 2015 and has already taught over 800 people to swim. It is one of Herbert Smith Freehills' strategic charities in Hong Kong.

Donations to Splash and the swim can be made online at a JustGiving site. 

More information on the swim can be found here. If you are interested in receiving a media update on the swim or covering the event live, please let us know.


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