ENNIS Active Leisure Complex will be doing its bit for charity this coming Saturday when it plays host to a sponsored swim in aid of the Burren Chernobyl Project.
The swim, entitled ‘1000 Lengths to Chernobyl’, is the brainchild of Ennis Active Leisure Complex manager, Tim Forde, and Clare People journalist Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, who will be travelling to Belarus at the end of the month as part of a weeklong transition year work experience project being undertake by students from Gaelcholáiste an Chláir at an orphanage.
“We’re trying to get as many swimmers as we can to do their bet to raise some money,” says Ó Muircheartaigh, “by simply swimming a few lengths for Chernobyl.
“Tim Forde, the manager of the Ennis Active Leisure has rowed in behind the initiative in a big way and actually came up with the idea of 1000 lengths to Chernobyl.
“In that way we’re catering for all types of swimmers who might like to take part and help raise a bit of money. You could have those who might swim one length, or maybe two, while you can go from there all the way up to club swimmers who swim hundreds of lengths most days,” he adds.
“We’re hoping for a good crowd and the way we hope to raise the money is that people taking part can contribute a few pounds on the day or buy a few lines of sponsporship cards that will be circulating in the days leading up to the event,” he continues.
The event, which takes place from 2pm this Saturday, is one of two swims being organised to raise funds for the Burren Chernobyl Project.
The following Thursday, Gaelcholáiste an Chláir student Rory McEvoy will be part of a group of five elite swimmers from Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club who will take on the Liscannor to Lahinch bay swim for the charity.
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