Hi all… delighted our 5th Strip and Dip has been announced and there is an amazing response with over 280 people registered so far. There are a lot of questions so I am hoping this document will cover some of them for you. If you have any questions at all just post them on the Facebook Event.
- Date – 10th June 2017
- Time – Meet at 12 noon – finish time around 3/4pm
- How can I register to go? – simply go to our event https://www.facebook.com/events/679763562183232/ and hit on going and your in
- Does it cost to join? – there is no fee for joining us, all we ask is you keep the area and beach pristine clean, it has to be left same way we found it
- Is it just ladies? – yes this is a women only event (sorry lads)
- Where is it on? – it is on in a secluded beach in Wicklow roughly 7 kms from Wicklow Town…. we can’t publicly say the beach but will let you know in due course
- Security? – we have security on the entrance to the beach and security people on the day ensuring that no other people apart from dippers have access – so it’s just us ladies
- Car Park? – there is car parking available at the beach please bring as many people in one car so everyone can park. There is room for roughly 150 cars so as the numbers are so big please car share.
- What Happens on the day? – people arrive from 11.30 or 12 noon and usually park up and shoot the breeze, have a few tipples, do body art if there are into it and basically hang out for an hour or two
- What time do we dip? We will plan to have the dip at roughly 1.30 we will head down tot he beach roughly 1pm
- Photography – when we get to the beach there will be photographs taken by the official photographers and we will be behind a big prop etc
- The official photographers will take loads of photos of us before, after and during the dip. A few shots of us all running in from behind so nobody is recognizable
- These images may be used in Media and Social Media so if this is a problem for you maybe this event is not right for you – I will control this and anything that I post again nobody would be recognisable (well maybe your lover might recognise your ass!)
- Nobody can take phone photographs on the actual beach. Phones can be used after EVERYONE is out of the water and clothed again
- Before we leave the beach and the car park we ensure that every single piece of rubbish goes with us
- Access to the beach is kindly given to us on the day by the owner and security is also donated by the owner so we need to respect this and ensure the place is as beautiful as it was when we arrive
- Wayne is our Chief of Security – he organises the beach for us every year and the security and is just a great guy – Wayne will be the only man on the day (but wont go down to the beach with us) – Wayne reckons he has the best job in Ireland on this day
- Ladies please understand that the Dip is taken at your own risk and no liability is attached to us or the owners of the land leading to the beach
- After the dip we usually go to a pub in Wicklow and have a few drinks… more details to follow
- Some people will go home straight after the dip which of course is okay but its good fun in the pub catching up with everyone, Sinead Hamill does a big Ditty on the dip which is always hilarious
- After the pub some people head home and some people stay for the night in the local hotels.
- Accommodation if staying over - There are roughly 70 people staying down so far this year. The Grand Hotel in Wicklow is fully booked out with us and people have called and reserved their rooms. The cost is €44 per person sharing in a double room and €37 per person sharing in a triple room. The other option is I have booked out the whole of the Bridge Tavern so you can reserve a room there. You need to call them to book it. There are roughly 15 rooms and can accommodate up to 35 people…. rooms are selling fast so if staying down book soon www.bridgetavern.ie Tel No. +353 (0) 404 64760 Special Dip cost of €40 Bed and Full Irish Breakfast per person sharing
- We will have a dinner in the Grand Hotel this year and cost approximately €25-27 per head and I will get numbers closer to the date
- We are fundraising for Aoibheanns Pink Tie which is the National Cancer Charity of Ireland – 97% of ALL proceeds to to the family and kids fighting cancer – their aim is to make their journey more comfortable and bring in as much happiness as possible. So when we fundraise for this charity we are not paying a bit salary to a CEO – the kids get it all.
- The best way to fundraise is to do it online. Please following instructions below to set up your account (which is free to set up of course and just takes a minute or two)
- Click on this link -https://www.idonate.ie/event/1587_kicking-the-shite-out-of-cancer-strip-and-dip-.html
- On the top right hand cornder hit the Start Fundraising button then hit Register and then Start Fundraising, the charity to choose is Aoibheanns Pink Tie (but this may already be filled in for you).
- Then just follow the details with your details and image etc.etc.
- Once you are set up you will get your own personal fundraising link which you can copy and use on FB, Email, Text etc.etc.
- We aim to raise as much as possible so your efforts are really appreciated
- It is of course okay as well do fundraise offline (all fundraising is great). Youc an download a sponsorship card here and print it off
- DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP CARD
- All monies collected should be lodged to the bank account of the Charity which I can provide details of. However please let us know when you lodge it how much you are lodging so we can keep our totals. Another thing you can do is any monies you have collected you can upload it online to the main idonate account which is www.idonate.ie/kickingtheshiteoutofcancer In the comments just put your name so we know it came from you
- When you use the online facility the funds weekly go direct to the chartity
- Over the last few years we have received a lot of sponsorship from companies
- Some companies match employees fundraising efforts
- Some companies may have a special day in the office to raise funds for this
- So please check out your company to see if they help out
Information on Aoibheanns Pink Tie
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer aged just 8 years. During Aoibheann’s year long battle with this dreadful disease, the family found little or no financial or practical support for children and their families.
Jimmy and his family had a large support network of friends and family but found that many on the ward had virtually no support at all.
When Aoibheann passed away the men wore pink ties at the funeral which was Aoibheann’s favourite colour. The charity was formed in her memory to remedy the lack of support for other children and their families going through treatment.
Families of children diagnosed with cancer are completely and utterly focused on their sick child. The regular travel to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital from all over Ireland, the extended overnight stays consume all waking moments during this battle and the day to day necessities of life fall by the wayside or become impossible to manage. Medical cards are incredibly difficult to get if either spouse is in employment, mortgages, utility bills, motoring costs and general household bills become lost in the mire of the battle as they struggle with one of life’s worst nightmares. Phone bills, accommodation costs and medical bills become a huge burden for the parents who have to endure the nightmare of watching their child battle cancer.
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie will help and offer practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. Focused on children attending the only treatment center for childhood cancer in Ireland, we will support the complete family unit, of parents and siblings, who may not understand what is happening to their Brother or Sister.
Visit www.aoibheannspinktie.ie for more details