Swimmer Laura collects €1,200 to help homeless
CHARITY EFFORT STUDENT BRAVES WATERS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
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.