BRRR-AVE SOULS GET READY FOR ANNUAL FESTIVE SWIMS
PLENTY of hardy bucks will ignore the January chill and take the plunge at a number of swims taking place in the county between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The 32nd annual Bray Charities Sea Swim will take place at 12 midday on New Year’s Day.
The annual event was set up by the Lions Club with the dual purposes of having some festive fun and raising funds for local charities. The total amount raised so far for local causes is €304,804.
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 include Sunbeam House, Bray Cancer Support, Meals on Wheels and many more.
In Greystones, the people of the town will be gathering at the south beach from 11 a.m.
While the tradition is not officially organised or sponsored by any official body, it has become part of the Christmas Day ritual for many local families.
There are often collections at the swim for charities including the Peter McVerry trust. Many will bring along hot drinks and a winter picnic.
The fifth annual New Year’s Day Swim in aid of the Liver Unit in St Vincent’s Hospital takes place at South Beach, Arklow at 12 noon sharp.
Organised by Eamonn and Mary Burke the event is a popular fixture in the Christmas and New Year calendar and always sees a huge effort made by swimmers who turn up in fancy dress.
The swim was first organised by the couple from Beech Road as a thank you to the unit which cared for Eamonn during his own successful transplant.
To date €24,500 has been donated to the cause thanks to the swim and all the local people who get involved and call on their community for sponsorship.
To register or for a sponsorship card please call Mary at 087 9259504.
Wicklow Swimming Club will be holding it’s annual St Stephens day swim at 1 p.m. at the New Pier in Wicklow town. This years swim is in aid of Wicklow Day Care centre and there will be a bucket collection at the swim. All are welcome to join in and fancy dress is optional.
This year the swimming club has raised the following for local causes: €750 to the Blue Dolphins, €400 to the RNLI and €630 to Wicklow Cancer Care.
The committee would like to wish congratulations to all of the young swimmers of the club, who have had a fantastic year of swimming.
The committee would also like to thank all the mums and dads and all of the people who are down early on a Sunday morning to help run the races.
Paul Jacob, Holly Jacob and Alan Horgan taking part in the swim in Greystones last year.