Dip in the nip to help fight prostate cancer this November

by Sylvia Pownall

Skerries man Dermot Higgins is leading the charge for a charity cancer event which will see 500 men plunge into the sea wearing only a dickie bow.

The retired teacher, who last year became the oldest man to cycle around the globe, is joining forces with the Mater Foundation for its first Dickie Dip next month.

Registration is now open for the nude swim to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer care – and Dermot is urging others to strip off and join him.

He said: “My father died from cancer aged only 62. He was the person who introduced me to the joys of sea swimming.

“His life was cut short – we could have had so many more years enjoying the great outdoors together. With prostate cancer, there are often no obvious symptoms.

“I hope that by raising €50,000 through the Dickie Dip we will go some way to ensuring that many more men can live longer and more fulfilling lives.”

The all-male dash into the Irish Sea takes place on Saturday, November 9 at 1pm at a secret location in Dublin – tipped to be a private beach in Skerries.

Fellow organiser Michael Brannigan underwent life-saving surgery in the Mater in June after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, and said his care was second to none.

Proceeds from the Dickie Dip will help raise funds for state-of-the-art surgical equipment to help treat some of the 9,000 patients who visit the Mater’s cancer day ward each year.

Urging others to join him in braving the chilly waters, Dermot said: “Enjoy the most salubrious dressing rooms you’ve ever undressed in …

“It’ll be the most craic you’ve ever enjoyed, the most self-affirming experience you’ve ever participated in, the most valuable opportunity you’ve ever had to raise funds for The Mater Foundation. Register now!”

For information on how to register for The Dickie Dip, see The Mater Foundation website.

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