Dip a Day in May challenge to raise funds for Galway Simon Community

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Homelessness and housing charity Galway Simon Community is calling on people across the West to take a ‘Dip a Day in May’ in support of those facing homelessness.

The charity is encouraging people to take advantage of the finer weather coming into summer by taking a dip each day at their nearest beach, lake, river or pier as part of their challenge.

Everyone is invited to take part throughout May and funds raised will go towards safeguarding Galway Simon Community’s essential frontline services.

Karol Cooke, Community & Events Executive at Galway Simon Community, said that it is a simple initiative where people are asked to take a dip, and call on their friends, family and colleagues to show their support by sponsoring them.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to boost your well-being while also helping to make a real difference in the lives of people who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness during these difficult times”, Karol said.

As high rents and a severe lack of affordable accommodation continue to drive people into homelessness, Galway Simon is seeing increasing demands on their services.

“Every day, our frontline services are supporting people who are having to make difficult sacrifices, placing them at risk of homelessness, due to the financial strains that they are under,” added Karol.

“We need to ensure that we can be there for as many individuals and families as possible and that is why we are calling on the support of those in our community to get involved in the ‘Dip a Day in May’ challenge.”

With the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, Galway Simon is planning ‘The Big Dip’ on Saturday, 28 May, when all participants can come together in-person for tea/coffee and a chat.

Karol said this will be a great chance to gather in person having not being able to do so for the last couple of years.

To take part in the ‘Dip a Day in May’ challenge, visit https://galwaysimon.ie/events/dip-a-day-in-may/ and join Galway Simon’s dedicated Facebook group where you can virtually meet other participants, get tips, and be inspired.

Galway Simon are encouraging people to take pictures of their #DipaDay and to tag them on social media throughout May. For more information, get in touch with Karol on 091 381828 or email karol.cooke@galwaysimon.ie.