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Leigh-Anne Groeneweg was born in Durban in 1971. At the age of 5 years 3 months she lost her sight through cancer of the retina. She loved swimming and represented Western Province 5 times and after school went on to Stellenbosch University where she carried on swimming and ended up representing the Western Province senior team 13 times.

During this period she broke several South African records and received a large amount of medals.

Eventually in 1994 one of her life long dreams came true when she was chosen to represent South Africa at the World Championships for the Disabled in Malta.

In 2005, about 30 years after Leigh-Anne lost her eyesight to cancer, the cancer returned.

One of Leigh-Anne's dreams was always to swim the Robben Island Swim, so a group of mates volunteered to swim with her in 2011! The group of people keen to get involved just kept growing ... BUT - The Robben Island swim is a once-off accomplishment and only for proper athletes so we got chatting and a new idea was brought to the table.

... PUT IT IN THE BUCKET was born!

Sadly, Leigh-Anne lost her life-long fight with cancer on Friday 15th April 2011. She was an unbelievably positive person who fought right up until the end - an inspiration to us all.

A swim and family day is hosted at the Breede River every year in Leigh-Anne's honour in order to raise money to give someone between the age of 35 and 45 years old who is terminally ill and can't afford it, the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

Thank you to those who joined us this year and we look forward to more joining us every year in the future.