Galway Simon Community has launched a new virtual challenge calling on people to take a ‘Dip a Day in May’ in support of those facing homelessness in the West.
The charity is encouraging sea swimmers, fitness enthusiasts and everyone in-between to take a dip every day next month at their nearest beach, lake, river or pier as part of their virtual challenge.
People are being asked to raise awareness and funds through Facebook which will go towards safeguarding Galway Simon Community’s essential frontline services.
Amy Lavelle, Community & Youth Partnerships Coordinator at Galway Simon Community, said that people can call on their friends, family and colleagues to show support by sponsoring them to complete their Dip a Day challenge.
“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,” said Amy.
Since the start of the pandemic, Galway Simon Community has had to cancel many of its annual fundraising events, which are a vital source of income for its frontline homelessness prevention and housing services.
The charity is concerned about what lies ahead once restrictions are eased, and explained the need for homelessness services is greater than ever.
“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 from Covid-19,” Amy said.
“The reality is we have yet to see the true impact of Covid-19 on our community and Galway Simon Community is concerned that we will see a steep rise in homelessness when the Covid restrictions start to ease.
“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 our those in our community to get involved in the ‘Dip a Day in May’ challenge.”