AN ARKLOW couple are hoping to add to the €13,500 already raised for the Liver Unit at St. Vincent's Hospital with their third annual festive swim.
Eamonn and Mary Burke from Coolboy House, Beech Road have organised the event on New Year's Day for the past two years to give back to the hospital unit that gave Eamonn a new lease of life.
In 2006, the local man received a successful liver transplant which inspired him to organise an event to 'give back'.
' They were brilliant and we wanted to raise some money for the unit and create awareness,' said Eamonn.
The New Year's Day Swim which takes place at The Cove, Arklow from 12p.m. sees young and old come out in force to have a dip for a good cause.
Eamonn and Mary's son's Eamonn, David, Clive, Darragh and Jonathan also join in making it a great family affair.
The attendance doubled last year and it is hoped that even more swimmers will turn out this year.
The generous donations secured over the past two years have earned the Burkes and Arklow a place as the second highest fundraising initiative for the Liver Unit with a picture at the hospital to prove it.
'We are really looking forward to the swim and we already have a few good costumes lined up for fancy dress,' added Mary. All are welcome to join in and all support will be greatly appreciated. To register or for a sponsorship card please call Mary at 087 9259504.
Thanks are extended to the Lifeboat, Sea Scouts, Jimmy Tyrrell and The Bridge Hotel for providing refreshments afterwards.