Wednesday 21 August 2019

Christmas swims and walks for hardy folk

THE COLD SNAP is not going to put off many hardy Wexford folk off from carrying out some charitable Christmas endeavours over the coming days.

Christmas swims and walks are taking place in many locations on Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day, with many brave souls going to dip their toes (and a whole lot more) in the icy water!

On Christmas Day at Rosslare Strand the water will be breached by volunteers raising money for St Mary's Day Care Centre in Tagoat. The swim takes place at 12 noon.

Bartione Tony Brennan, a member of Wexford Light Opera Society, will do his own Christmas Day swim in Curracloe at 10 a.m. His 'splash and dash' is being held in place of the Society's customary carol singing for local charities, which did not go ahead this year because of snow.

Nearby Ballinesker will be the venue for a Christmas Day swim in aid of the South Wexford branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, where people will take to the water at 12 noon. Phone Christine Kimer at (087) 7528936 or Annie Walsh at (053) 9127377 if you would like to take part.

The GOAL Mile fundraiser takes place on St Stephen's Day and the people of Kilmore village and the surrounding area are taking part. Registration is in the village at 10.30 a.m. and entry is just €2, in aid of a very worthy cause. People can walk, jog or run the mile. There will be a half mile for youngsters at 11.15 a.m. followed by the senior mile at 11.30 a.m.

Facing a new challenge on St Stephen's Day will be members of St John's Volunteers GAA Club. The Wexford town men will be tackling the freezing cold water of Curracloe around noon in a fundraiser for their club.

Also taking place at noon on St Stephen's Day is a swim at Carne Pier, this time in aid of Scoil Mhuire, Broadway. Mince pies and mulled wine will help warm up those taking part - and those watching!

Putting on their walking boots on St Stephen's Day morning will be the Shelmalier Walking Club. Their 10km walk at the Raven Wood in Curracloe starts at 11 a.m. and it is a special walk for families and their pets. It is in aid of Cottage Autism Network and GOAL. All are welcome and there is a suggested donation of €1 per kilometre for adults taking part.

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