Sea swimmers to take the plunge
THE Bray Charities Sea Swim is back and volunteers are sought to jump in the cold water on New Year’s Day.
This is the 32nd annual swim, set up by the Lions Club with the dual purposes of having some festive fun and raising funds for local charities.
This yearly event has to date raised €304,804 for a long list of worthy local causes.
Last year’s event raised a total of €10,320.
The crowds of brave swimmers are always cheered on by an even larger crowd of supporters with friends and family on hand with dry clothes and a towel when the swimmers emerge from the water.
The swim will be followed by a well deserved hot drink in The Strand afterwards.
Charities which have benefited from the swim over the years have included Sunbeam House, the Bray Women’s Refuge, Bray Cancer Support Group, and Bray Old Folks Association, as well as Bray Meals on Wheels, Guide Dogs for the Blind, St Catherine’s Special School, Fassaroe Community Centre, and many more.
With many of the swimmers turning out in fancy dress, this is always a very enjoyable and colourful event.
‘Many people and charities are experiencing financial hardship at present,’ said a spokesman for the swim.
This year’s chosen charities are Hi Rez Youth Club, Bray Cardiac First Responders and Lincara Day Centre.
Organisers have also chosen Bray Lions’ Senior Citizens’ Fund and WH Five Loaves Homeless Charity.
All funds raised go in full to the charities with no costs deducted.
As always, the swim is weather dependent.
If the conditions are deemed to be dangerous for any reason the swim will be postponed to a later date. Sponsorship cards and further details can be obtained from John McEvoy, (086) 8561888 or email brayswim@ gmail.com.
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