Sunday 19 January 2020

Hardy hundreds grin and 'birr' it

Bray Lions Club Charities Sea Swim

Caoimhe Hardiman, Alice Fitzgerald, Shauna Ryan and Laura Butler
Caoimhe Hardiman, Alice Fitzgerald, Shauna Ryan and Laura Butler

Mary Fogarty

Around 300 people started the decade with a swim in Bray on New Year's Day at the 37th annual Bray Lions Club Charities Sea Swim.

Club president Danny Bohan said that people come together on the first day of each year to help support the less fortunate in the community.

Many of those who took part dressed up in costumes, from belly dancing girls, and boys, to a snowman and a Christmas tree. One or two less brave swimmers turned up in wetsuits, while others took the plunge in their swimming togs.

Crowds of onlookers and supporters attended, enjoying the spectacle and waiting on the shore with dry towels and hot drinks.

Members of Bray Lions Club were there to take registration, act as stewards, and bang on a big drum to get everyone fired up.

The event was sponsored by Actimel, and event HQ was at the Esplanade Hotel. There were lifeguards on-site to ensure a safe and pleasant afternoon in relatively mild weather.

Proceeds from the swim will be donated to SVP Bray, Sunbeam House Dignity Packs, Ark Housing Association, St. Fergal's Resource Centre and Fassaroe Resource Centre.

Set up 36 years ago for the dual purposes of having some fun and raising funds for local charities, this yearly event has to date realised €354,614 for a long list of worthy local causes. All funds raised go to the charities and no costs are deducted.

Bray People