The 2011 Santa Swim in aid of The Carers Association and St Michael’s House, is set to take place this weekend, Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13 in swimming pools nationwide, including on Westmeath at Mullingar Swimming Pool.
In a bid to raise much needed funds for educational and sporting equipment for St Michael’s House and support The Carers Association’s respite hours, outreach services, and National Care Line, relay groups across the county are teaming up to have a fun swim and raise funds for the two charities.
St Michael’s House is Ireland’s largest provider of community-based services for people with an intellectual disability. The Carers Association supports voluntary family carers of loved ones who are elderly, seriously ill, people with disabilities, and children with special needs.
“We are delighted to be working with St Michael’s House on the third Santa Swim event. We urge everyone in Westmeath to get involved in what is a fun event while raising much needed funds for The Carers Association and St Michael’s House,” said Emma Murphy, fundraising manager of The Carers Association
The Santa Swim was launched recently in the National Aquatic Centre by Dublin footballers past and present, representatives of Swim Ireland, Olympic swimmer Aisling Cooney, and World University Games participant Niall Wynn, and they will be getting teams to swim the equivalent of the English Channel throughout November. GAA legend Mick O’Dwyer and Kerry county players Ger Power and John O’Keeffe will be bringing together a team of 15 Kerry players from the famous 70s team to swim also.
Both charities are urging individuals, families, friends, and clubs of Westmeath to get involved in the event which takes place nationwide and at Mullingar swimming pool on November 12 and 13.
The main sponsors of the Santa Swim 2011 are Unicare and Doc Morris Pharmacy.