At an age when most teens are itching to get behind the wheel and hit the road, Angel More is more than happy to log miles in the water.
The 16-year-old from San Carlos, Calif. swam 28 miles around Manhattan on Saturday to raise money for Children International, a non-profit organization that helps children break the cycle of poverty.
More took on the 20 Bridges challenge, which involves swimming around Manhattan and beneath all 20 of the island’s bridges, starting with the Brooklyn Bridge. It took her nine hours to complete the mission, but the job is still not done, according to More.
“In the next two years, I plan to raise $1 million for Children International’s HOPE scholarship fund—to support 5,000 teens around the world who want to further their education in high school, college, or technical school,” she wrote on her blog. “What I love about CI is that, in addition to necessities like life saving medical care, food, education and clothing, kids get to find problems in their community and tackle them as a team with grants from CI. Last year kids took on issues like recycling, chicken farming, education on dangers of early marriage and girls empowerment.”
More has been swimming, biking and climbing mountains to raise awareness for Children’s International for years. In fact, at 10 years old, she held the record for the youngest girl to climb 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro.
She has raised more than $58,000 for the organization. As for why it’s so close to her heart? Empathy plays a big role.
“She came back saying ‘mom, they aren’t much different from what I am. They were just born in a different place.’ That’s what made her say we are equal, that’s why I want to support them,” her mother, Archana More, told CBS2.
More has many long distance swims under her belt. She’s swam from Alcatraz to shore 51 times, and across the Catalina Channel, Lake Tahoe and the Santa Barbara Channel. She has also taken on the open water in England, Sweden, South Africa and Chile.
Her next goal is to swim across the English Channel.
At 16, why drive when you can travel under that kind of power?