On Friday he turned 89. On Saturday he swam the length of his condo’s twenty-five yard outdoor pool underwater to raise money for Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
His name is Gil Blum and he rallied friends, family, and neighbors to donate money for each yard that he swam underwater. To date, he has raised over $2000 and is optimistic that he will reach his goal of $3000.
He learned of NSSA and The Martin C. Barell School through Barell parent Carin Sanders, who has been his water aerobics instructor for many years. She has shared her love of the school with her water students, calling it “a magnificent warm place where wonderful people treat each individual as if he or she were their own child.”
The swim took place on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon in July. Friends and family were there to cheer Gil on in his endeavor.
He entered the water and took a moment to consider his task.
Then, under he went, to the tune of “Go, Gil!” chanting from his audience.
Holding his breath for the full 25 yards, he made it to our end of the pool successfully. Yay!
He was rewarded with a loving kiss from his wife Sondra and much congratulations from spectators…and the warmth that comes from doing something so kind and generous.
Thank you, Gil Blum. Thank you.