The Tara Vale Swimmers charity swim may have taken place on New Year’s Day but it will continue to have a ripple effect across the country for many months to come.
he 18th annual swim at North Beach Ballymoney raised an impressive €18,000 for four charities, making it the second most successful events to date. Representatives of The Jack and Jill Foundation, North Wexford Hospice Homecare, Saint Aidan’s Services and the RNLI recently gathered in The Tara Vale in Ballymoney where they were presented with cheques from the swim organisers.
“We were delighted with the results of this year’s swim. It is up there with one of our best years yet. People were generous and really supported the event this year,” said organiser, Rob Spencer.
According to Rob, the many additional events that took place throughout the year and on the day of the swim helped them to raise such a significant amount. This included a golf classic in Ballymoney in August, as well as Nick Redmond’s charity shave, which pulled in €3,500.
Following the group’s recent AGM, it was decided that the 2023 swim will aim to raise money for the same charities. To date, the group has raised €233,000 for charity and they are hoping to reach the €250,000 mark in 2023.