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June Burke, front with some of her 300 strong Snamhai Sasta group, about to go for their daily 9a.m. sea swim at Spanish Point beach to promote wellness and positivity. Photograph by John Kelly

Clare woman’s December dips to raise money for Mid-West Simon

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AN inspirational Clare woman is lending her love of sea swimming to a fundraising drive to raise €50,000 for the most vulnerable in our community.

Mid West Simon Community has teamed up with Clare’s June Curtin for the initiative with June committing to three swims a day for three weeks in December to raise money for the charity.

As founder of Snamhaí Sásta, June is no stranger to the icy cold waters of Spanish Point, but building on her successful fundraising campaign last year, she has upped the ante this year by committing to a total of 63 swims, between December 1 and December 21.

June and her community of happy swimmers have been meeting at Spanish Point every day since 2019 and it has been the catalyst towards helping many maintain their mental health.

“Swimming has helped me immensely over the past two years,” said June, “and I also care deeply about people in my local community.

“Nobody should be without a place to call home this Christmas, so I am delighted to bring my two passions together, swimming and compassion for others.

“I have seen first-hand the amazing work Mid West Simon Community do and I appeal to everyone to give what they can. Every cent raised will go towards helping those who truly need it in our local community.”

Mid West Simon Community works hard to support children and adults experiencing the everyday challenges around homelessness and food poverty in the Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary.

Jackie Bonfield, CEO Mid West Simon Community said, “We are delighted that June has chosen Mid West Simon Community as the beneficiary from her 63 December Dips again this year.

“June is a great fundraiser and supporter of Mid West Simon Community and we greatly appreciate her fundraising efforts. Her support and those who support this fundraising campaign will make a huge difference in the lives of so many vulnerable people throughout our community.

“All funds raised from this event will go towards our Homeless services in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary and all funds raised locally will stay local.”

Please give what you can today to June’s fundraising page here

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