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Gostra winter edition! These locals took the leap for a good cause
They took the ‘new year, new me’ mantra to a whole other level

Caroline Curmi

Since its inception, the OASI Foundation has been constantly assisting individuals battling addiction to get a fresh start in life. Last Sunday, the foundation organised a spectacular end of year challenge and boy was it a(n Arctic) blast! Carrying a small participation fee, all proceeds were then donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund.

The brainchild of an ex-addict, the 'Jump for Life – End of Year Challenge' hosted two separate events to encourage those who needed a fresh start to take the big leap. The first was the gostra - a traditional seaside activity which requires individuals to clamber across a greasy pole to capture the flag without falling into the sea first.

A celebrated summertime event, this Christmas time edition saw many brave contenders battle the biting wind and cold sea in their bid to reach the flag. Although sea temperatures were said to be bearable, the wind against wet skin added a level of difficulty for new and seasoned participants alike.

The second part of the challenge involved a voluntary jump into the sea, to encapsulate the aim of the event: supporting others to make the necessary jump to improve their life. Swimmers ranged from youths to more mature adults and together they leapt into the waters to swim across the bay and back in an incredibly brave act of support.

Would you have jumped in too?

30th December 2019


Caroline Curmi
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Caroline Curmi
When she’s not having a quarter-life crisis, Caroline is either drawing in a café, frittering her salary on sushi or swearing at traffic in full-on Gozitan. There is also the occasional daytime drink somewhere in the equation. Or two. A creative must be allowed at least one vice.

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