Skinny dip this weekend for Limerick cancer unit

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

TWELVE women whose lives or bodies were touched by cancer took a dip in the nip last year at Castleconnell Boat Club.

TWELVE women whose lives or bodies were touched by cancer took a dip in the nip last year at Castleconnell Boat Club.

Due to its success they are organising a second skinny dip on Saturday, June 30 at 6.30am.

The location will remain a secret until the night before.

They didn’t publicise last year’s event but this year have decided to bare all and get a larger crowd.

Men are also invited. The men’s dip will take place at 7am.

The idea originated from ladies involved with the country market in Clonara. Maura Turner, Corbally, got a text from Gobnait Kelly and they literally ran with the plan in to the Shannon river.

Maura has beaten cancer as it was caught very early following a check-up.

Their aim is to raise money and awareness of the importance to have regular breast/prostate checks.

“It is especially important to take that first step and have perhaps your first ever check. We also have sponsorship cards for those willing to do it to raise money for the Mid-Western breast cancer unit in the Regional,” said Maura, who added that last year’s dip in the nip was a morning of fun and laughter.

“It was quite exhilarating and there was a sense of euphoria to have done this and overcome our inhibitions. There was no embarrassment. Some of the women had never met before but we chatted and laughed like old friends,

“This is what drives normally sane people from their beds to plunge in the nip into early morning river water

“Some of the participants have had surgery. Others have had relatives or friends who have either had cancer or who died from it.

“It is about solidarity, a celebration of life and it may even be a warm event!” said Maura.

If interested please email skinnydippersdip@gmail.com or ring 087 7927972.

The event which will be in the Limerick/Clare area is currently secret but those that contact organisers will be notified on the Friday before the skinny dip, June 29.

“We were treated very well in the Regional and wanted to put something back in to the breast cancer unit,” said Maura, who hopes that as many men and women as possible take part.