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Tuesday 22 July 2014

50 friends swim in 17 counties in 38 hours to raise money for injured friend

Brian O'Reilly

Published 14/04/2014|10:35

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13/4/14 A group of 50 friends of Padraig Schaler, who was critically injured in an accident in Cape Cod in America, finish up a charity swim in Bray after swimming in 17 counties around Ireland in 38 hours to help raise funds for treatment for their friend Padraig. Picture:Arthur Carron
A group of 50 friends of Padraig Schaler, who was critically injured in an accident in Cape Cod in America Photo:Arthur Carron

A GROUP of 50 friends of Padraig Schaler, who was critically injured in an accident in Cape Cod in America, completed an epic charity swimming task yesterday evening.

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Padraig (23) was knocked from his bike in Cape Cod last summer.

He is currently in Germany receiving neurological care, where he remains in a coma.

The campaign by his friends has already raised €22,500 to go towards his care.

The 'Swim for Padraig' campaign saw 50 of his friends take to every county with a coastline in Ireland to take a dip.

It took the group 38 hours to complete the mammoth task.

Padraig is a Trinity college graduate - with many of his college friends joining the swim challenge.

He had just graduated and was in the US on a J1 for the summer when the accident happened.

After a two weeks in hospital in Cape Cod, his family brought him home to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.

Four months later, they decided to move him to a dedicated early neuro-rehab facility in Hamburg, Germany.

There have been very significant expenses for the family since the accident happened.

His air ambulance flight to Germany alone cost in the region of  €12,000, and was funded entirely by the family.

Those who wish to donate to Padraig's care can do so by clicking here.

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