Meet Chris Harris,
an investment banker, accomplished competitive swimmer, and a long-time friend of the Ghurka brand, who will embark on a remarkable solo adventure.
On July 6, 2023, Chris will attempt an awe-inspiring 28.5-mile ultra-marathon swim around the Island of Manhattan. This journey is not for the faint of heart, yet Chris is driven by his lifelong love for swimming and his unwavering desire to make a positive impact on society. In support of his journey, Chris has carefully selected charitable partners whose missions resonate deeply with him, creating a personal connection that amplifies the significance of this momentous endeavor.
In support of Chris, and his inspiring adventure
Ghurka will donate 10% of revenue from June 30th - July 6th to support his cause.
Be a part of this timeless endeavor that blends determination, compassion, and the pursuit of excellence.
Manhattan Marathon Swim
Chris' lifetime passion for swimming and desire to make a positive impact on society has led him to take on this incredible challenge. He has chosen three charitable partners, each of which serves an incredibly important mission and with which he has deep personal connections.
To read more about Chris, or to donate directly to his cause, visit his website in the link below!
A Journey in Support Of:
+ POOL is a non-profit organization committed to providing free and safe access to New York City's rivers for swimming. Its mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of income or background can enjoy the water.
Have Faith Haiti
Founded by Mitch Albom, Have Faith Haiti is a nonprofit organization providing safety, nourishment, education, and opportunity for Haiti’s impoverished children and orphans, and stability for staff and their families in Port-au-Prince.
Worldwide Orphans Foundation’s (WWO) mission is to educate, heal, and empower children, by embedding trauma-informed, play-based programs in vulnerable communities.
Today, WWO has operating teams in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Ukraine, Vietnam and the Bronx.
For Chris, It's Personal:
Swimming has given Chris so many opportunities in life. This swim is an opportunity for him to give back to the community and to New York City, which has been his home now for almost thirty years.
Why Have Fait Haiti?
Chris’ mother, Guerda Harris (née Marie-José Guerda Edeline), was born and raised in Haiti and was orphaned as a teenager. Through sheer providence and the courage and charity of people around her she was given the tools to build a successful life and given safe passage and guardianship in the US.
While conditions in Haiti have sadly worsened in the decades since Chris’ mother left the country, the un-ending cycle of poverty, disease, and despair is not unique to Haiti. An estimated 153 million children worldwide are orphans (UNICEF).