Dip in the Nip for cancer
THIS summer hundreds of women will strip down, casting their inhibitions aside to take part in Ireland's cancer charity skinny dip.
This year the Dip in the Nip comes to a secret location in the north east as local ladies bare all in aid of the Northeast Oncology Unit.
The charity began in 2009 and has grown and grown and now hundreds of women's bodies painted and adorned with feather boas charge into our Irish sea. Márie Garvey, Founder of Dip in the Nip, comments that as well as raising money for charity, the event also aims at helping women to be less conscious about body image.
'It makes us realise our bodies are wonderful, too often we abuse them and don't see the beauty. In the ocean everybody is equal. Proud bellies, mastectomy scars, cellulite, we're all there. Skinny-dipping is the ultimate in life affirmation, so the Dip in the Nip lets us celebrate life in all its beauty. Many of the participants have experienced cancer, either their own, or with somebody close. Some had lost loved ones and, indeed, some dippers have died since doing their own dip. Some even joined while in treatment.'
Ladies brave enough to leave their inhibitions along with their clothes on the shore, are being asked to register for the event by contacting Karen Healy on 086 8557878 or visit the website www.dipinthenip.eu.
If the thought of stripping is too much, people can help raise much needed funds by organising a coffee morning, clothes swap, dinner party, garden party or running a marathon.