Swimming the Galilee
The woman, Ayelet Vilk, will participate in the 2 km swim that is held annually in order to fund specific workshops for "Sadnat Shiluv," a center for people with disabilities in the settlement Gvaot in Gush Etzion that operates a special-ed school, and offers employment opportunities for adults and runs special-needs homes in the community.
The funds raised in this year's swim will go towards a music room. Past swims have financed employment centers, an art center, a petting zoo, a sports center and the opening of a coffee shop.
A source of strength
Vilk works in a nursery for babies with special needs run by Shiluv in Gvaot. She has swum since childhood and this will be the ninth time she participates in the swim.
"Swimming is my source of strength"Ayelet Vilk
"As soon as she entered the pool I saw a different child, joyful and content," her mother Rachel said.
This year, Vilk convinced her family to join her on the swim and continues to be a source of inspiration for Shiluv's children, the organization said.