Over 75 swimmers are expected to take part in the ninth edition of the Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West (CCW) tomorrow, Saturday, 26 July.
The annual Frances Thornton Memorial swim is in its ninth year and is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one-day swims.
Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres. Last year, €65,000 was raised for the charity, which launched several new services to the people of Galway and Connacht.
David O’Donnell of Cancer Care West said, “We are hugely grateful for the support and interest shown by all the swimmers in the work we do here at Cancer Care West.”
On top of the arduous training involved in preparing for the event, each swimmer commits to attempting to raise €500 for the charity and many raise much more than that.
Representatives from as near as the Aran Islands to as far as Australia will be among the 55 people attempting an individual crossing. There are also seven relay teams attempting the swim. In total, there will be 75 swimmers, 80 boats, kayaks, paddle boards and over 100 crew in the bay with many more supporters and volunteers on land.
The swimmers safety will be co-ordinated and managed by a team of local fishermen and sailors from all around Galway Bay, including the Aran Islands, Spiddal, Barna, Claddagh, Corrib, The Docks, Renvyle, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.
The swimmers should arrive at Blackrock in Salthill between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, 26 July.
Those wishing to support the swim can contact Kevin Thornton on 086-3571714, on Facebook www.facebook.com/galwaybayswim or donate online at www.cancercarewest.ie.