Adam Brisson spent the first six months of his life in an orphanage before he was adopted by Charlie and Ricky Brisson. Therefore, he does know what it feels like to be an orphan, even if it is just for a couple of months. He has decided that for his 30th birthday, he would celebrate it by swimming 30kms to raise $30,000 for Carlos de Villegas orphanage in La Paz, Bolivia. That was the orphanage that he grew up in.

Since he moved to Sydney, Australia, he has returned twice to visit the orphanage. After he realised that there are more than a hundred children from a few months old all the way to nineteen years of age, he came to a decision that he would raise funds for them instead of receiving gifts for himself for his upcoming birthday. Furthermore, he plans to deliver the money to the orphanage personally. On Sunday, Adam will take into the water at Sydney’s Botany Aquatic Centre with support from his close friend, Gittel Mueller. “I expect the swim to take close to twelve hours and I will begin as soon as the pool opens at 7am,” Adam told J-Wire.

Swimming is not something new for the jewellery designer from Bellevue Hill. He was a member of the Maccabiah team, which lost four of it members in the tragic bridge collapse in 1997. “I thought my brother was in the water and the IDF had to hold me back when I tried to get into the river for a second time to find him…but he was OK,” he recalled.

Currently, Bolivia is not participating in adoption plans, but Adam said: “Even if I am fortunate enough to have natural children of my own, I would still like to be able to offer a South American child the opportunities that were given to me…and Colombia is still a participating country. After returning to the orphanage in ’97, and seeing the plight of the kids living in the home, I have felt a much stronger connection to adoption and doing what I can to give back, although the challenge will be tough, my passion for these kids will get me through the tough parts.” For the full story, you can read it here.

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