What a Champion!

Local, Brendan Cullen, completed his swim between England and France on Saturday and raised over $25,000 for Lifeline.

Four years of training in the desert during times of drought, and rain, and through COVID, brought Mr Cullen to the shores of Dover in the United Kingdom where he set off on his swim at 10am on Friday, July 29.

Mr Cullen battled cold water, wind and currents as he swam for 17 hours until he reached the sands of Baie de Wissant, completing his Channel swim at 3am on Saturday.

He conquered two personal goals on the weekend, the first to swim the Channel and the second to raise money for Lifeline Country to Coast to help other farmers going through tough times.

“We are absolutely thrilled he has completed the swim,” a spokesperson from Lifeline Broken Hill Country to the Coast said.


Donations to Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast in support of Mr Cullen’s swim, raised over $25,800, a mammoth effort by everyone who collectively donated to his cause.

Mr Cullen showed champions are often made from sheer determination of will.

Congradulations Brendan Cullen on completing your swim, from everyone here at the Barrier Truth newspaper.

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