In 2019, 6 swimmers traversed the waters between Cyprus and Lebanon to raise awareness on the impact of single-use plastics on the sea.
The event was organized by TAQA, a Lebanon-based environment-friendly bakery that produces healthy snacks.
On October 17th, at 1:45 PM, Soumaya Merhi (founder of TAQA), Jad El-Ghosn, Diane Boulos, Mary Anne Ballouz, Martin Mougharbil, and May Timani departed from Cape Greco, marking the beginning of their exceptional endeavor.
Their goal was to cross 180 km of open water to their finish point in Batroun, and they did just that, in just 2.2 days, reaching the northern coastal city on October 19th, 2019, at 5:35 PM.
In that period, each swimmer covered an average distance of 30 km – equivalent to 3 full marathons – according to TAQA, which recently released a short movie celebrating the achievement.
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