Important Update (9/19/2019):
In the last 24 hours the ladies of Marcie's Mermaids have had to make the difficult decision to cancel their Santa Barbara Channel swim originally scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019, due to unfortunate marine weather forecasts in the Santa Barbara Channel - high wind and swell. Needless to say, the safety of the crew and swimmers is everyone's number one concern.
Being the determined women they are, the Mermaids are planning a swim in place of the Santa Barbara Channel crossing. In late October, the Mermaids will swim 19 miles along the shore at East Beach - the equivalent distance of the original Channel swim - and will invite the swim community to join in! Heal the Ocean will be there with signs, cheers, and endless gratitude for the Mermaids and to celebrate the tremendous amount of awareness they have brought to the work we do to keep our ocean clean and safe.
Looking on the bright side, the Mermaids have raised over $9,600 for Heal the Ocean in memory of fellow swimmer and ocean-lover Marcie Kjoller. The money raised will be used to fund our part in the HTO/MarBorg Industries Styrofoam Recycling Project, which, will keep a LOT of harmful Styrofoam material out of the ocean.
The Mermaids are an inspiration and their drive and passion for the ocean serve as a great motivation for us to keep working hard to protect our ocean. We couldn't be more grateful for everything that Marcie's Mermaids have done and continue to do for our ocean!
The fundraiser will remain open until the end of October if you would like to donate or check out the Mermaids' story. Thank you all for supporting the Mermaids and Heal the Ocean, we look forward to celebrating this incredible group of women at the swim at the end of October!
Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in the world. So many of us live here because we enjoy spending time in the water – whether it’s surfing, swimming, diving or paddling. It’s something we all share.
This year our community lost an incredibly kind and talented person, Marcie Kjoller, an accomplished waterwoman who supported Heal the Ocean for many years. In memory of her life and love for the ocean and this community, friend and local marathon swimmer Rachel Horn has created a relay team, "Marcie's Mermaids" (with Liz Boscacci, Hilary McAvoy, Chelsea Jones, Heather Royer, & Emily Case) who will be swimming 19 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel on September 19, 2019 in an effort to raise funds for Heal the Ocean in Marcie’s memory. Marcie's Mermaids will swim from Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard Beach, braving the cold water and the 10+ hour swim without wetsuits.
All of the ladies doing this swim love the ocean and spend most of their free time in our local waters year round. They are tough, awesome women and want everyone to remember Marcie’s life and celebrate her love of the ocean. They will be accompanied by a support team for their safety, and are aiming to raise $10,000 to support Heal the Ocean’s work to keep our waters clean for all the people and animals who live and love this place we call home.
Watch the video on the Mermaids' swim and donate here!
About HTO: Heal the Ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure – sewers and septic systems – as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country.
Heal the Ocean is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation (Tax I.D. No. 77-0565183). Donations are fully deductible as allowed by law.