CLOSE to 1,000 women of all ages took part on the ninth Strip and Dip fundraiser for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie held at Magheramore beach on Saturday.
The Strip and Dip started nine years ago after Deirdre Featherstone was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and had a brainwave after her mastectomy to do something fun – and raise money for childhood cancer. The event itself has grown from 80 women in its first year, to 2,500 women in year six.
To date the event has raised over €1 million for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Ireland’s National Children’s Cancer Charity.
Speaking after the dip, Deirdre said: “There are a lot of women who undertook this today, who have been through cancer and of course lots of people who have been affected by it. With laughter, scars, dodgy boobs, or in a lot of cases only one or none, we would like to send a clear message that there is life after cancer and also raising awareness of how important it is for ladies to get checked. It has been a magical day for all involved.”
Deirdre attended the event with Aoibheann’s Pink Tie co-founder Jimmy Norwan, who both started the day with breakfast at the Arklow Bay Hotel.
He said: “This means so much. We would not have Aoibheann’s Lighthouse as a resource if it were not for Strip and Dip and the incredible Dee Featherstone’s fundraising. Our update is that Aoibheann’s lighthouse has not been vacant this year, sadly, and there is now at this very moment a family hoping to use it on Monday. We have kept up all of our aid to families even through the pandemic thanks to Strip and Dip and our other sponsors. We also have plans for the future to secure more properties so that eventually we will provide accommodation for more families with a child suffering cancer that needs accommodation near the new children's hospital. So watch this space”.
Donations would be greatly appreciated and can be made on www.idonate.ie/stripanddip.