Thursday 8 December 2016

Hundreds brave the wind and rain for the 'Dip in the Nip'

Published 12/06/2016 | 17:29

The Dip in the Nip today
The Dip in the Nip today

Over 100 people braved the wind and rain today and stripped off at Dollymount beach to raise money for ARC Cancer Support Centre.

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Today marks the third year of “Dip in the Nip”, where men and women over 18 years ditch their clothes and hit the water to raise money for charity.

The event saw over 100 people abandon their robes and hop into the sea exposed to the elements, despite the monstrous Irish Ferries boat that was passing by.

The reason behind the bold event is simple – it aims to help men and women see that there is more to life than how we look and that every body is a beautiful body, regardless of size or shape.

Mairead Mangan, head of fundraising for ARC, explains how stripping off your clothes can pile on the confidence.

“The ARC Dip in the Nip reconnects ‘Dippers’ with their bodies – it’s as though they fall in love with their bodies yet again.  It gives Dippers something joyous, life affirming, personal and unique.  It is a real equaliser and truly puts everything into perspective.”

All funds raised will go to the charity’s two drop-in centres on Eccles Street and the South Circular Road, which provide support and therapy services free of charge to men and women who have cancer, who had cancer and their friends and families.

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