Most of us struggle to leave the house for a walk these days so the concept of wading into the sea seems beyond reasonable.
Not for Enniscrone woman Sinead O’Reilly. She has been swimming in the freezing Atlantic Ocean without a wetsuit on her local beach every day since the start of November as part of a month-long challenge.
Sinead, who is an animal lover, has undertaken the brave commitment in aid of the North West Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWSPCA).
She is getting lots of support and company along the way from family and friends and admits that locals and walkers on Enniscrone beach are frequently shocked to see her taking to the water in her swimsuit at this time of year.
Like many other charities, NWSPCA has suffered a huge loss of income in 2020 due to Covid-19 which has necessitated the closure of charity shops and the cancellation of fundraisers.
Meanwhile, the charity has found itself dealing with more abandoned animals than ever.
“This charity runs an amazing service selflessly, managed by Mayo volunteers who take these distressed animals into their homes,” Sinead said, adding that NWSPCA is facing mounting bills for necessary veterinary care, animal food, transport costs etc.
Sinead would love to raise €500 or more from her fundraiser and is urging people to donate to the cause via the ‘A Dip a Day For NWSPCA’ Facebook page or the GoFundMe page – https://gf.me/u/y63xq6
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