Louth Water Babies are holding a Splashathon, a sponsored swim for babies and toddlers, in St Mary’s Drumcar on Tuesday, April 16 and Sunday, April 21.
Water Babies Splashathon will raise vital funds for three national children’s hospitals; Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Childrens University Hospital and The National Childrens Hospital, Tallaght.
“Our previous Water Babies charity event in 2011 raised over e44,000 for Temple Street Hospital”, said Carol McNally, who runs Water Babies lessons in St Mary’s Drumcar swimming pool.
“Since then, Water Babies has grown nationwide, with classes now in Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Galway, Cork Sligo, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny.
“We are confident that this year, with the help of all our lovely little splashers, we will be able to raise more than ever, to provide those all important funds for our children’s hospitals.”
During Water Babies Splashathon fundraising week, babies and toddlers across the country will complete sponsored challenges in Water Babies classes, from swimming solo underwater for the first time to swimming through a hoop or even completing a ‘Splashathon’ circuit challenge in the pool!
Ray Foley, whose son Matthew attends Water Babies classes, is supporting the Water Babies Splashathon.
“As a parent myself, I appreciate how important it is for children to learn to swim at an early age”, explained Ray, “so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Water Babies Splashathon with Matthew.”
To donate to Water Babies Splashathon Fund, log onto www.mycharity.ie/charity/waterbabiessplashathon and for more information about Water Babies, go to www.waterbabies.ie