The annual COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim is 28 years in existence this year and the local charity is calling on all in Galway on the day to brave the cold and hop into the sea at Blackrock, Salthill to raise much needed funds for COPE Galway services.
COPE Galway Community Fundraiser, Marie Anne Michel said that The COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim has become a real tradition over the years.
“We’ve seen hundreds of friends, family, neighbours and visitors meeting up and taking the plunge together in our name as an annual prelude to their Christmas Day festivities,” she said. “This year’s swim promises to be bigger and better than ever and a wonderful way for family & friends to come together Christmas morning to remember local people in Galway who need your support.”
“We look forward to greeting all who take part with a hot drink and a bit of festive fun at Blackrock on the day – all are welcome.”
In 2016 COPE Galway worked with 702 adults and their 512 children affected by homelessness in Galway; assisted 314 women and 158 children experiencing domestic violence; and produced and delivered 44,565 meals on wheels for 392 people.
Funds raised from The COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim go directly towards keeping these vital services operating.
The COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim takes place at Blackrock, Salthill on Christmas morning from 10am to 1pm. To register & for more information log onto www.copegalway.ie/swim or call 091 778750 / 085 8597898. Registration costs €10.