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The Galway Simon Community is calling on all sea swimmers, fitness enthusiasts – and everyone in between – to take a ‘Dip a Day in May’ in support of homeless people in the West of Ireland.

The Dip a Day Challenge will take place during the month of May and asks people to raise awareness and funds which will go towards safeguarding Galway Simon Community’s essential frontline services.

The charity encourages people across the West and beyond to take advantage of the great weather that comes in the summer to take a day swim at the nearest beach, lake, river or pier as part of their challenge.

Karol Cooke, Community and Events Manager at Galway Simon Community, explained the idea behind the initiative and the difference it will help make.

“This is a very simple initiative where we ask people to take a dip and call on their friends, family and colleagues to show their support by sponsoring them to complete their Dip a Day challenge.

“This is the perfect opportunity to improve your well-being while helping to make a real difference in the lives of those at risk or experiencing homelessness during these difficult times,” Karol said.

As high rents and a dire lack of affordable housing continue to drive people into homelessness, Galway Simon is seeing its services increase.

The money you raise through the #DipaDay Challenge ensures they can protect their housing and homelessness prevention services and support those facing homelessness in the West.

“Every day, our frontline services support people who have to make difficult sacrifices, putting them at risk of homelessness, due to the financial hardships they are subjected to,” Karol said.

“We need to make sure we can be there for as many people and families as possible and that’s why we’re appealing for the support of members of our community to get involved in the ‘Dip a Day in May’ challenge.

“And this year, with the lifting of the Covid 19 restrictions, we are planning The Big Dip on Saturday May 28.”

To take part in the “Dip a Day in May”, visit https://galway simon.ie/events/dip-a-day-in-may/ and join Galway Simon’s dedicated Facebook group where you can virtually meet other attendees, get tips and be inspired.

Richard L. Militello