THE men of Wicklow are being urged to strip off and bare all in the second male-only Dip in the Nip for Wicklow Hospice.
The inaugural Dip in the Nip took place in 2019 and was a great success, but last year’s event was cancelled because of the pandemic. Plans to hold an event this year back in May also had to be postponed.
Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, who operate Wicklow Hospice, have confirmed that this year’s Dip in the Nip will take place on Sunday, September 19, at 10 a.m. on the North Beach in Brittas Bay. It is hoped that 100 men will take part.
Joining those taking part on the day will be Wicklow Hospice ambassador, and former Irish international rugby player Shane Byrne, who was also involved in the 2019 fundraiser.
He said: “After a long running community drive to build the Hospice in Magheramore, we’re delighted that this great facility welcomed its first patients at the end of last year. The pandemic hit fundraising efforts badly, with many events cancelled, so I am appealing to men in Wicklow to get behind the Dip in the Nip and join me and the other brave guys on Brittas Bay on September 19.
“We’re asking those taking part to raise €100 for Wicklow Hospice through sponsorship from friends, family, clubs, workplaces or online. It may be a male only dip but we’re inviting the women of Wicklow to show their support by sponsoring their friends and family.”
Ger Tracey, Head of Nursing and Operations, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Blackrock and Wicklow Hospices said; “Although Covid-19 created significant challenges, our work has very much continued. I see first-hand every day the care, support and dignity provided to our patients and their loved ones in Wicklow, Blackrock and Harold’s Cross.
“Fundraising was seriously impacted and down 32% on the previous year so all support from our community is greatly welcome. Donations will go towards supporting essential services, improving facilities, and providing specialised medical equipment and funding for the development of the grounds and gardens, which play a really important role for patients and their families.”
For more information or to register https://olh.ie/dip-in-the-nip/. Covid-19 measures will be in place at the event.