“We first started fundraising for CMRF Crumlin back in 1998. The first ever fundraising event was held in Ayrfield Community Centre, on St. Stephen’s Night. We arranged a dance, we used to call them ‘dances’ back then, and we raised 1,470 pounds – it was pounds back then. We arranged a few dances and then we decided to arrange sponsored swims instead because it can get the whole family involved. We’re in our fifteenth year of fundraising now, can you believe that? The reason we started fundraising for CMRF Crumlin was because a local parishioner, Maeve Killeen, had been diagnosed with leukaemia, a blood cancer, and had been treated in Our Lady’s Hospital when she was a child. Maeve is over 30 years of age now, she’s a qualified nurse who looks after adults who have intellectual challenges. She’s a remarkable woman. She’s engaged now and she has a great quality of life! She's the blonde lady on the right in this first photo. Her Dad, Joe, will be here this year for the swim and her Mam, Irene, is in Lourdes, praying for us all!
I have to say, every time we do a fundraiser we have a different set of challenges, different memories and different laughs. We actually have great craic. It takes time, effort and work, but everyone involved actually has a great laugh too.
The late Fr. Tom Colreavy was a great advocate for all fundraising ventures, but he especially enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day Swim. Apart from promoting the swim, he had a way about him when it came to asking for sponsorship. He was kind and really understood what we were trying to achieve. On one occasion he even took a sponsorship card to a wedding which he celebrated, arriving home with €1,000. That must have been one hell of a wedding! This year our Saint Patrick's Day swim will take place this Saturday, the 17th March at midday on Portmarnock Strand. Everyone is welcome and we guarantee great fun for a great cause!"
- Margaret Maher, event organiser, 13th March 2018. If you want to get involved contact Margaret on 0872073102.
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