Swim­mers get ready for the Xmas plunge


SWIM­MERS will once again brave chilly seas and take the plunge at char­ity events on Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Eve.

First of the an­nual fes­tive sea­son swims is a Cred­itwest Bank-spon­sored event at the Aca­pulco re­sort in Çatalköy, which be­gins at 10am on Christ­mas Day. This year, two TRNC char­i­ties will ben­e­fit from spon­sor­ships and do­na­tions: the Ke­mal Saraçoğlu Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren With Leukaemia and the Fight Against Can­cer and the Help Those With Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (Tulips).

Last year, 17 hardy swim­mers, along with their sup­port­ers, raised 13,775TL for the Ke­mal Saraçoğlu Foun­da­tion while be­ing cheered on by a crowd of some 50 spec­ta­tors. Spon­sor­ships can be placed by con­tact­ing or­gan­is­ers Bar­bara and Gra­ham Furs­man on 0533 836 3972 or by di­rectly do­nat­ing into the Cred­itwest Bank ac­count, num­ber 31-3003803.

“We cur­rently have around 15 peo­ple who have signed up to do the swim and we are hop­ing for a few more, along with a large crowd to make it a suc­cess­ful day again for two very wor­thy causes,” said Mrs Furs­man.

“Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come along and they can also do­nate via a col­lec­tion box which we will have ready.”

Mean­while, the Tulips “Chilly Dip­pers” will brave cold wa­ters off Lapta’s Fly Inn beach for a min­i­mum of 10 min­utes at 11am on New Year’s Eve. The same event last year raised a record 17,180TL for the char­ity. Spon­sor­ship forms are avail­able at the bar or from or­gan­iser Jackie Pen­ning­ton on 0533 872 3237.

“We will again have warm soup, bread rolls and mulled wine to en­joy af­ter the dip and are ask­ing peo­ple to come along — if not to take a dip then to have fun with those who will be cheer­ing the swim­mers,” said Ms Pen­ning­ton.

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