Kumarakom: While most of the children their age derives small pleasures from their routine life, spending time watching TV and playing games when they are not studying, Adithya, Adwaith and Krishnaveni are on a challenging mission.
They have set their sights on accomplishing a unique feat by swimming across Vembanad, the largest lake in the state.
Adithya, 11, and Adwaith, 9, are sons of Mathukapalli Sabu of Edappally, while the 12-year-old Krishnaveni is the daughter of Madavanapparambil Shibu of Aluva.
On Sunday, they will be attempting to swim the 9-kilometer distance non-stop between Kumarakom and Muhamma, the widest part of the lake.
Through this feat, these youngsters intend to spread awareness among general public and authorities concerned on the benefits of making swimming a compulsory part of school curriculum. It was the recent tragedy at Changaramkulam in Malappuram, where six children drowned after a country boat capsized, which prompted them to take up this task.
The trio, who are schoolmates, will plunge into the deep waters from Kurisinthotty near the Kumarakom boat jetty and complete the task at Muhamma. At the finishing point, a ceremony to felicitate them will be organized. Malu Sheika, who created history last year by becoming the first woman to swim across the Kumarakom-Muhamma stretch of Vembanad lake, will be present at the function.
The three are trained by Saji Valasseril, a native of Aluva. Saji, who was also the trainer of Malu Sheika, has been providing free swimming lessons to people in the area for over a decade. So far, 1,200 children and about 100 adults have been trained by him.
Kumarakom grama panchayat president A P Salimon will flag off the expedition. At Muhamma, panchayat president Manju will hand over mementos to them.
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