RISE to the Challenge of the Big Dip

by Gazette Reporter
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Irish Senator and singer Frances Black today launched the 2021 RISE Foundation Big Dip swim challenge, which takes place on Sunday 10th of October.

Participants are asked to fundraise, or to make a donation to the Rise Foundation, and then take a quick dip or a leisurely swim for RISE, wherever they are in Ireland or around the world. 

The money raised will help fund the foundation’s work in support of those who have family members or a loved one with an alcohol, drug or gambling problem.  The registered charity was founded by Senator Frances Black in 2009 and provides therapy and other supports for people dealing with the addictive behaviour of others.

RISE to the Challenge of the Big Dip Irish Senator and singer Frances Black today launched the 2021 RISE Foundation Big Dip swim challenge, which takes place on Sunday 10th of October.

It is hoped people from all over Ireland will take part, swimming in rivers, lakes, pools or the sea, maybe with the family, their wild swimming buddies or pool pals, Frances Black says.

“The rise in popularity of sea swimming around our coasts was a feature of the Covid pandemic.  Sadly, so too was an upsurge in addictive behaviours, as people tried to cope with lockdown, job loss and other challenges”, the singer and politician says.

PHOTOGRAPHY RISE to the Challenge of the Big Dip Irish Senator and singer Frances Black today launched the 2021 RISE Foundation Big Dip swim challenge, which takes place on Sunday 10th of October.

The Big Dip challenge is a fun virtual fundraiser for people to complete, whenever and wherever suits, and at their own pace and target distance.  All funds raised will make a tremendous difference to people struggling to cope with loved ones’ addiction issues, the organisers say.

PIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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