November 24, 2020
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From Malin to Mizen: Wicklow’s ‘Travelling Swimburys’ go to the end of the line to help charities

A local fundraising group is staging a 446 kilometre ‘virtual swim’ to raise money for Wicklow Cancer Support, Cystic Fibrosis, Pieta House and the Gavin Glynn Foundation.

Thirteen brave Wicklow souls, members of an open water swim group are taking on the challenge of swimming  – virtually as the crow flies, from Malin Head to Mizen Head, a distance of 466 km (290 mi).

The big-hearted participants will cumulatively swim the distance throughout the month of July, swimming out of Wicklow Harbour. There are 13 Swimburys who over 30 days will each achieve 1.19km a day – which in total will bring up 466km.

One of the Travelling Swimbury’s and Wicklow native Glen Brennan told WicklowNow.ie: “The idea came about as a consequence of Covid19 restrictions to sport (swimming) and the absence of competition.

“As a result a group of friends and swimmers wanted to do something that was safe and adhered to all Covid19 HSE recommendations, impactful and challenging to support charities.

“As a group we decided to: take on the impressive challenge of swimming virtually As the crow flies, from Malin to Mizen head the two points are 466 km (290 mi) apart. The team will cumulatively swim the distance throughout the month of July, swimming out of Wicklow harbour.

“All the swimmers are local Wicklow people from all walks of life, with a common interest in open water swimming and are friends and members of the so called “Travelling Swimburys” open water swimmers.

“We’re taking part in this challenge for charity, which allows us to support a cause that is close to our hearts. Family members and friends have been affected by a disease or illness, so we wanted to raise money for charities that not only have meaning to us, but support our cause and know that we’re doing our bit to help,” Glen added.

The charities benefitting from the mammoth challenge are Pieta House, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland,  and Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

People can donate to the Travelling Swimbury’s efforts by clicking on the following link – www.idonate.ie/travellingswimburyvirtualswim.

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