Lorraine Keane launches the 2024 Vision Ireland Dip at Dawn at the Forty Foot

Vision Ireland are calling on people to Dip at Dawn however way you prefer

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Launching Dip at Dawn at the Forty Foot in Dublin’s Sandycove, ambassador and Vision Ireland supporter Lorraine Keane took to the sea with local swimmers.

Speaking after her dip Lorraine said, “I am so delighted to support Vision Ireland especially this campaign as I love sea swimming! Dip at Dawn is something people of all ages can get involved in, whether it is at the forty foot like us, or your own bath at home you can Dip at Dawn this June 21st and support those living with sight loss in Ireland.”

Irish TV presenter Lorraine Keane, Irish actress Victoria Smurfit, international footballer Michael Owen, and Irish Adventurer Pat Falvey are just some of the names that will be supporting Dip at Dawn, the new nationwide fundraiser for Vision Ireland.

Dip at Dawn started in Lahinch in June 2023 as the brainchild of Senator Martin Conway, with a strong ambition this year for thousands of supporters to take to the local seashore, swimming spot, swimming pool, or even the bath-tub, to help raise funding on the longest day of the year, Friday 21 June, 2024.

The mission of Vision Ireland, the new name for NCBI, is to enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society. Dip at Dawn is proudly supported by national Retail group Costcutter. 

Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group which owns the Costcutter franchise, says that practical local support for good causes appeals greatly to the local store owners.

“Costcutter are proud to be the locally owned store at the heart of communities and, as such, can tap into the generosity of people who want to actively contribute to a cause that will likely end up benefitting someone who may live in their town”, the retail boss said. Having learned that almost 300,000 people are either blind or vision impaired in Ireland, it only underlined the importance of our role in supporting this initiative. The fact that people can enjoy a fun activity that supports wellness while doing so is an added bonus!” 

Vision Ireland are calling on people to Dip at Dawn however way you prefer . 

Swimmer or not, you can dip, splash, swim anywhere! sign up on www.vi.ie for €15, and set your online fundraiser to share with your family, friends, and colleagues and join those who will Dip for sight loss on the 21st June. All funds raised go towards supporting the work of Vision Ireland, the new name for NCBI.


Photo: Justin Farrelly

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