Over 140 people gathered in Salthill this morning to take a dip in the sea at dawn in aid of Galway Simon.
The event was organised to raise vital funds to support people in Galway who are facing homelessness.
Crowds met on the beach just before 5am today where they welcomed the sunrise with a relaxing yoga session focused on the practice of sun salutation, led by Laragh Cunningham from The Yoga Shala, which was then followed by a refreshing dip in the sea with Caitríona Lynch from Ebb & Flow.
Over €5,400 was raised at the event with all of the proceeds going directly towards providing support and accommodation services to those experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Galway.
Deirdre Treacy, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Galway Simon thanked all those who took part and explained the importance behind the event.
“It was so special to have everyone come together in solidarity and it was incredibly moving to see so many people down here in Salthill take time out of their day to help others in their community.
“Across Ireland, over 10,000 people will wake up this morning facing uncertainty, not knowing how or when they will be able to leave homelessness behind them for good.
“It’s important sometimes to take a minute to reflect on this reality and consider how we can make a change together,” Deirdre said.
“On behalf of the thousands of people we’ve helped in Galway over the last 40 years, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to the ongoing support from our generous community, and in particular our corporate partners this morning, HPE”, Deirdre added.