Swim­mer Laura col­lects €1,200 to help home­less

CHAR­ITY EF­FORT STU­DENT BRAVES WA­TERS ON CHRIST­MAS MORN­ING

Bray People - - 2008 Review -

GREY­STONES stu­dent Laura O’Halloran, from La Touche Park, col­lected an im­pres­sive €1,200 at the sea swim this year, in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust for the home­less.

Laura de­cided to raise money for the cause when imag­in­ing what it would be like to be home­less, won­der­ing where the next meal would come from or mak­ing a bed in the streets in the freez­ing De­cem­ber weather.

Grey­stones Christ­mas swim is a com­mu­nity tra­di­tion that Laura de­cided would pro­vide the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to col­lect some money for those in need.

‘I be­lieve that the is­sue of home­less­ness is the most wor­thy of causes,’ said Laura.

The Peter McVerry Trust sup­ports young home­less peo­ple to break the cy­cle of home­less­ness and move to­wards in­de­pen­dent liv­ing through the pro­vi­sion of a con­tin­uum of care ser­vices.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple came along on Christ­mas morn­ing, in­clud­ing some other small groups of char­ity swim­mers. One man turned a few heads dressed in a rather re­veal­ing ‘Bo­rat’ style cos­tume that left lit­tle to the imagination.

‘There were more peo­ple there ei­ther swim­ming or watch­ing than I have ever seen at the Christ­mas Day swim,’ said the kind-hearted young woman who is a stu­dent of English lit­er­a­ture at UCD.

There were peo­ple there from 10 a.m., with the bulk of swim­mers brav­ing the chilly wa­ters around mid­day. ‘I don’t mind giv­ing up some of Christ­mas day at all,’ said Laura. ‘It’s so nice to see the whole of Grey­stones out.’ Laura added that she was touched by the gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple who put money in to the bucket. ‘There were even some en­velopes put in with money peo­ple had col­lected in their own work­places or streets for the trust,’ she said.

Paul and Nathan Mur­phy joined in the Christ­mas swim.

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