For the last seven years, Wexford Sub Aqua Club have used their Christmas swim to raise funds for maritime charities in their area and this year has been their most successful to date.
The impressive efforts of the club has enabled them to give €1,430 to the Kilmore Quay branch of the RNLI.
Wexford Sub Aqua Club was founded in 1971. During these forty five years of scuba diving and boating in the south east of Ireland, the club has witnessed Kilmore Quay RNLI grow its facilities and presence in the tourist popular fishing village. Throughout this time, the dive club have tried to help this development, by fundraising towards the work of the service.
Club Training Officer, Ivan Donoghue explains that the club has a close affiliation with the Kilmore Quay branch. “While we are at our dive sites, we often see the distinctive shape and colour of the Lifeboat on their training exercises. It gives us great peace of mind to know that the RNLI organisation and the volunteers are here, both for ourselves, and for our friends and family who also enjoy the coast environment”.
Young and old, members and their family took part in the event, and the club worked with the RNLI to ensure everything was safely organised from the start.
Club PRO Emma Byrne said that “the club wish to thank both the participants who braved the chilly waters last December, and also those who sponsored them. We appreciate people giving of their time and their generosity. Thanks as well to local painter, Rose Nolan who donated one of her works as thank you prize for one lucky person who sponsored a swimmer.”
More details about the Wexford sub aqua dive club can be found at www.divewexford.org or on their Facebook page.