Sea swim­mers to take the plunge

Bray People - - NEWS -

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@

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