Children International truly has an angel. Her name is Angel More, age 15, and she is swimming with passion and purpose for CI.
Youth can change the world, and Angel is determined to prove it by becoming the youngest person — by far — to achieve the California Triple Crown of marathon swimming. She already has conquered the Santa Barbara Channel (12 miles and 7.5 hours to swim) and the Catalina Channel (20 miles and 14.5 hours to swim). The last leg to take the Crown is the length-wise axis of Lake Tahoe (21.3 miles) on August 24, 2018.
Angel is no stranger to inspiring others by accomplishing unbelievable feats. She held the record for the youngest girl to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, when she was only 10 years old. During her training, she raised approximately $40,000 for CI. Anyone can donate to her CI fundraising page. She will continue sending donations to CI to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty.
“My family sponsors six kids — ranging in age from 8 to 15 — from Guatemala, India and Honduras through Children International,” Angel says. “My parents are from India, and I’m the same age as one of the girls, named Supriya, we sponsor there. It struck me that we are so much more alike than different. The difference between us is circumstances. I was born into a life of opportunity and she was born into a life of poverty. I give back because these kids deserve a fighting chance."
In addition to her extensive list of individual records as a triathlete, hiker, bicyclist and open-water swimmer, Angel is also inspiring other teenagers to take on world poverty with an event she organized called “Escape From Alcatraz to Escape From Poverty” with all proceeds going to CI. With Angel’s guidance, high school swimmers will swim from Alcatraz to the San Francisco mainland — a swim she has done 51 times!
“All of us at Children International are so very grateful for Angel and every single person she inspires to help kids around the world break the cycle of poverty,” says John Clause, vice president of philanthropy for CI. “Young people with courage and determination can overcome seemingly impossible odds. Angel is proof of that. Every child who graduates from our program and goes on to become employed and a community leader is proof of that. In developing and demonstrating her bravery, Angel has found a way to give youth around the world a chance to discover their own.”
What motives Angel and keeps her going? Check out Angel’s blog. Her Catalina Channel Post on the 20-mile swim is particularly inspiring.
“Angel represents the new age of philanthropy. She’s tackling the issue of global poverty head-on and empowering her peers to do the same,” John says. “As technology and social media make the world smaller and more connected, a growing number of Millennials and Generation Z leaders are taking on social issues, supporting causes they believe in and rallying others. We are fortunate to have trail-blazers like Angel walking alongside Children International in this important work!”
Want to learn more about this amazing teen? See news coverage about Angel’s story.