Ahaan Saini’s Anand Charity aims to support children in India so they have the same opportunities that he enjoys, with the family’s original home city of Belagavi to benefit from the club-wide swim.
The 15-year-old, who swims seven days a week at Hatfield (England), said: “Our first project is to provide financial aid to national swimmers in the small city of Belagavi, enabling them to buy approved tech suits for competitions.
Belgaum Swimmers Club regularly has swimmers representing the club in the Indian Nationals. We have been told that some of these talented swimmers drop out of the sport in spite of achieving a high level because they cannot afford expensive racing equipment and nutritional advice.
Originally conceived as a school project, Ahaan has put a lot of effort into meeting competition swimmers in India who have dropped out.
His mum Poornima Kirloskar-Saini said she is so proud of her son for organising this swim.
Hatfield Swimming Club – which has trained Olympic swimmers – is also backing Ahaan in his quest to raise funds for the young swimmers he met in Belagavi.
After swimming back and forth, length to length on Friday, Hatfield Swimming Club has raised £637 for children in India.