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Friday 22 March 2019

Freezin' for a reason!

Members of the Oyster Lane Theatre Group singing carols.
Members of the Oyster Lane Theatre Group singing carols.

Anna Hayes

Almost 40 hardy souls braved the December chill to dive into the water at Rosslare Strand as part of this year's Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics.

The popular event invites participants to get 'freezin' for a reason' in support of athletes with an intellectual disability. Local athletes were on hand at the event to meet, greet and chat about their experiences in the Special Olympics programme.

This was the third time the Plunge was held in Rosslare Strand and it received great local support. The management and staff at Kelly's Resort Hotel took to the sea again while the event was also supported by Centra Rosslare and the Rosslare Community Development Association.

Members of the RNLI, Gardai, Civil Defence, Coast Guard, Irish Water Safety, Irish Underwater Search and Recovery, and the Army ensured that all plungers and supporters were safe on the day. Plungers were welcomed back to the RCDA centre after the event for refreshments.

To date, the event has raised over €5,400 for Special Olympics Ireland with that figure due to rise as donations are still coming in. The funds raised will go towards the continuation of the Special Olympics programme which currently sees more than 1,400 athletes training on a weekly basis in clubs across the Leinster region.

The coming year is a particularly exciting one in the Special Olympics calendar as two Wexford athletes will be part of the 91-person Team Ireland squad that will take part in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi from March 14 to 21. The participating Wexford athletes are Lisa Redmond from Wexford Special Olympics Club and John Doyle from Special Olympics Club Gorey.

Fundraising co-ordinator Eoin Treanor said: 'The Polar Plunge is one of our favourite fundraising events and one that we look forward to every year, so it is fantastic to see that so many people are willing to participate and take the plunge.'

He added that attendance at sporting events such as the World Games would not be possible without the support of the public.

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