Saturday, 20th April
St. Joseph’s Ferryhouse, Clonmel @ 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm and 3.45pm
Water Babies, Ireland’s leading baby and toddler swim school is holding Water Babies ‘Splashathon’, a sponsored swim for babies and toddlers in classes across Ireland this week. Water Babies Splashathon will raise vital funds for our three national children’s hospitals; Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Childrens University Hospital and The National Childrens Hospital, Tallaght.
During Water Babies Splashathon fundraising week, almost 2,400 babies and toddlers from 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!
Speaking on behalf of the fundraising teams of our three children’s hospitals, Anne Cooney commented: “Water Babies Splashathon is a fun way to make a real and lasting difference to the children and babies attending our hospitals. The money raised by parents and Water Babies young Splashathon fundraisers, will help purchase vital life saving equipment such as baby incubators, dialysis machines, ventilators and patient monitors.”
Ray Foley, whose son Matthew attends Water Babies classes, is supporting the Water Babies Splashathon explains: “As a parent myself, I appreciate how important it is for children to learn to swim at an early age, so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Water Babies Splashathon with Matthew. We will be splashing for cash and raising money to support the great work of our children’s hospitals.”
Elaine Dunne, who runs Water Babies lessons in Tipperary and across the South East says: “Our previous Water Babies charity event in 2011 raised over €44,000 for Temple Street Hospital. 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.” To donate to Water Babies Splashathon Fund, please log onto http://www.mycharity.ie/charity/waterbabiessplashathon. To find out more about Water Babies, check out www.waterbabies.ie