anna.aero swims the Bosphorus; supporting friends in Turkish airports and airlines and child cancer causes
In a show of solidarity with Turkish airports and airlines, anna.aero’s charity fund-raising team, “TeamBron,” competed in the 28th annual Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race on Sunday (24 July 2016) across the famous Istanbul strait separating Asia and Europe.
A total of 1,600 swimmers took part in the race, organised by the Turkish Olympic Committee, which follows a diagonal line between Istanbul’s two Bosphorus bridges, with all maritime traffic stopped for two hours so the race can take place in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and the only entrance to the Black Sea.
anna.aero’s Publisher, Paul Hogan, has been vigorously under-training for the race all year, while his son Max, a student of Marymount University VA, didn’t bother to do any training whatsoever, apart from a Spring Break “swimming with the whales and sharks experience” in Cabo.
“This race is extraordinary – despite being in the water with nearly 2,000 others you feel almost alone in the middle of the Bosphorus, passing under the bridges in a stretch of water usually reserved for huge tankers and Russian aircraft carriers” commented the fish-like amphibious publisher. “The water is full of jellyfish – we didn’t get stung but it is unnerving when you collide face-on with the bigger specimens – some as big as beach balls.”
TeamBron, which is named after Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the anna.aero publisher’s 12-year-old daughter who lost her five year battle with leukaemia in 2011, raises over $30,000 every year for a range of good causes including the Anthony Nolan child cancer/bone marrow transplant charity.
anna.aero also wanted to show support for its extensive range of customers in Turkey spanning Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, TAV Airports, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Istanbul New Airport (İGA), ICF Antalya and the other 50+ airports in DHMI. In addition anna.aero’s parent company organises the IGA-hosted ACI EUROPE Airport Exchange Istanbul which was attended by 1,800 delegates last December and included presentations from both the Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines, and the-then Transport Minister, Binali Yıldırım, who went on to become Prime Minister.
“Turkey’s air transport industry is going through a tough time – we really feel for all our hard working friends and customers among the Turkish airports and airlines who have done so much to create an air transport industry which is genuinely globally important” said Hogan. “Turkey is an amazing country with amazing people and a superb, high quality tourist offer – it deserves success.”
TeamBron’s next major event is as a partner organiser of the anna.aero Budapest Airport Runway Run – the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways – in which some 1,000 industry competitors are expected to take part on 3 September 2016.