COPE Galway have launched their annual Christmas Swim.
The organization is calling on swimmers near and far to register online and this year’s swim is a hybrid event taking place during Christmas week from 20-26 December.
It also includes a “live event” on Christmas morning from 9 am to 1 pm.
“Last year, Galwegians at home and abroad adapted to Covid restrictions and swam at their own location to raise funds for our services, resulting in a really engaging virtual event” says Lynia O’Brien, Event Organiser.
“This year, whether you brave the cold with colleagues, friends or family, whether you join us on Christmas Day or do it your way during the week, anywhere in the world, you can make a huge impact in Galway this Christmas” added O’Brien.
The 2021 event will have extra safety measures, including the introduction of time slots.
The new swim website and registration portal gives options to register as an individual, family or a group. It allows you to set up a group and invite friends and family to join your team.
For over three decades, the event has gone from strength to strength, bringing thousands of families and friends to Salthill every year as well as raising vital funds for people who need it through the services that COPE Galway provide.
Lynia continues, “When I think back to the brave, passionate group of COPE Galway staff who took the plunge into icy waters 32 years ago, I am sure they never guessed that they would inspire one of Galway’s most cherished Christmas traditions.”
COPE Galway is an organization that supports people across Galway city and county at a most vulnerable time in their lives. They focus on families and individuals faced with the realities of homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse and older people who may be isolated and in need of nutritional support.
The funds raised from the Christmas Swim will help to support these people who benefit from COPE Galway’s Homeless, Domestic Abuse and Older People services throughout the year.
To register and for further information please visit copegalway.ie/swim