Lord Mayor to open sponsored swim for Oxford’s Nicaraguan twin city

Published: Tuesday, 3rd July 2018

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, will open a sponsored swim to raise funds for Oxford’s twinned city of León, Nicaragua

Councillor Cook will open the event at 5.00pm on Friday 6 July, at Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool, Abingdon Road.

The annual sponsored swim, which is organised by the Oxford León Association, raises money for social and cultural support projects in and around León.

The swim is open to anyone, with no minimum or maximum length count.

The association has been raising funds, exchanging delegations and promoting understanding between Oxford and León for more than 30 years.

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. León has been twinned with Oxford since 1986.  It is the second largest city in Nicaragua, has an ancient cathedral and the oldest university in Central America.

MP Anneliese Dodds and Oxford City Councillors John Tanner and Mike Rowley, who have both visited León, will be taking part in the sponsored swim.

Councillor Colin Cook, Lord Mayor of Oxford said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people in Oxford to raise funds to support social and cultural projects to support people living near León, our twin city in Nicaragua.”

Councillor John Tanner, who is also Chair of the Oxford León Association, said: “The political unrest in Nicaragua at the moment underlines the importance of supporting projects which tackle poverty in our twin city of Leon.”

“I plan to do 10 lengths for my usual ‘tenner-for-Tanner’. Helping families and communities in our twin city of Léon is a good cause that I am very happy to support.”

Notes to Editors

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