Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Ballina-based Freeze 4 February fundraising challenge has been creating quite a stir in the last week as brave volunteers come forward in their droves to take a dip in icy waters for a good cause.

The fundraiser is the brain child of two local organisations – FLOW Community Project and the Ballina Community Clean-Up Group. They have been collaborating, with the support of Mayo Co Council, on a proposal to create a sensory play park for children with special needs in Ballina town.

Operating as Team FLOW and Team BEElieve the groups and their volunteers hope their month-long  fundraiser will help off-set the cost of building the much-needed amenity.

This week’s Baltic weather conditions have so far failed to halt the daily fundraising dips but a recent donation to the cause almost stopped the organisers in their tracks.

Three young siblings from the Crossmolina area, Annie, Isabelle and Ellie Cawley, sent a hand-written letter to David O’Malley, chairperson of the Ballina Community Clean-Up Group, telling him of their Freeze 4 February challenge:

“We jumped in Lough Conn to help you raise money for the special kids. We will give €5 each from our Tooth Fairy money,” they wrote.

David was bowled over by the sisters’ cute gesture.

He said it is heartening to see how the Freeze 4 February challenge is inspiring people and that the fundraising campaign is progressing well towards its goal.

If you too would like to support the development of a sensory play park in Ballina you can donate to the cause by clicking here.

Annie, Ellie, Isobelle and Ronan Cawley.

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