350 ‘Dip in Nip’ ladies raise a cool €28,449

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

EN­NIS­COR­THY’S HOPE Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre has re­ceived a cheque for al­most €30,000, the pro­ceeds of the fourth an­nual Dip in the Nip that took place in Ross­lare Strand in Au­gust.

Or­gan­ised by May­glass woman Eileen Rowe, the event at­tracted over 350 women who bared all to en­joy an early morn­ing swim in the sea.

A cheque for €26,854.27 was pre­sented to the team in the Hope Cen­tre re­cently but Eileen ex­plained that, as is usu­ally the case, fur­ther dona­tions were still com­ing in and the fi­nal to­tal ac­tu­ally do­nated was €28,449 fol­low­ing three more very gen­er­ous dona­tions.

‘With that fi­nal fig­ure, we’re look­ing at ap­prox­i­mately €80,000 raised for the cen­tre in four years so the aim for next year is to break the €100,000.’

She ac­knowl­edged that the Hope Cen­tre was very re­liant on dona­tions and pointed out that, un­for­tu­nately, cancer was some­thing that was be­com­ing more preva­lent. Eileen first started the Dip in 2014, shortly af­ter los­ing a fam­ily mem­ber to cancer. The fund­ing will go to­wards the day-to-day run­ning of the cen­tre and the ther­a­pies it pro­vides.

The suc­cess of the event, Eileen said, was not some­thing that oth­ers en­vis­aged but she had al­ways been con­fi­dent that it would grow in pop­u­lar­ity. For her, the event not only aims to raise funds for char­ity, but also to em­power women.

‘The num­bers have grown every year. You ex­pe­ri­ence a high when you do it; it pushes women out of their com­fort zone but when they’ve done it they think ‘what else can I do that I think I can’t?’ There is a feel-good fac­tor and a gen­eral sense of em­pow­er­ment about it.’

She added: ‘I al­ways felt it was an event that peo­ple would em­brace and that it could be a big move­ment. It’s the cheap­est, most fun morn­ing you’ll ever have!’

Eileen’s next chal­lenge is to hit €100,000 in funds for the cen­tre but, af­ter that, there is plenty of am­bi­tion to ex­pand the event even fur­ther.

She ex­pressed her thanks to all those or­gan­i­sa­tions who had sup­ported the event on the day in­clud­ing: Sta­ble Diet, Crime­watch, the Gar­dai, Ross­lare Sport and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre, the Red Cross, Paula Malone Carty, Trax Mu­sic, But­ton and Spoon, Nat­u­ral Health Store, Si Jolie, Ka­roo Farm Shop, Kelly’s Ho­tel, Wild and Na­tive, Tides, Su­per­Valu Ross­lare Har­bour, Cen­tra Ross­lare Strand, Bal­ly­cross Ap­ple Farm, all of the vol­un­teers and mar­shals, and ev­ery­one who helped in any way.

Or­gan­iser Eileen Rowe (front, cen­tre) hands over the cheque to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Hope Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre (from left) back, Geral­dine Ke­hoe and Sasha Kelly; front, Denise McDon­ald and Michael Jor­dan.

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