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Wilfrid Laurier University's Loren King swims Lake Ontario in for Great Lakes preservation

Loren King, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, has landed in Toronto after a 52-kilometre swim from Niagara-on-the Lake in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of the Great Lakes and creating an endowment fund.

Loren King hopes to shed light on the vital role the Great Lakes play for Canadians

Loren King, a political science professor at Laurier University, swam 52 kilometres across Lake Ontario to shed light on the importance of the Great Lakes. (TRACK.RS)

Loren King, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, has landed in Toronto after a 52-kilometre swim from Niagara-on-the Lake that started on the night of August 1.

But King's didn't set out to swim the lake with an eye to breaking any records. Instead, the swim is in support of the Great Lakes Trust, a fund he started to raise awareness on the preservation of the Great Lakes.

"It's hard to overstate the importance of the Great Lakes to Canada. They are a vital part of who we are, and millions of us depend on their waters. But the lakes are changing, and the problems we face are so much bigger than any one community or a single generation.

"We need to protect this vital heritage for all our communities and future generations," explains King on the trust's website. 

His plan is to partner with the Hamilton Community Foundation and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper advocates to establish an endowment fund that will pay for research that would otherwise go without.

"For some projects you just need one little step-up to get started and then everything can fall into place," said King in a news release before he began the swim. 

He hopes to raise at least $50,000 by the end of August.