Over 2,000 Irish women brave the Irish Sea to set a Guinness World Record. They also raise significant funds for charity in the process.
A Record Frozen In Time
The women gathered to set a new record for the largest skinny dip, while simultaneously raising much-needed funds for a wonderful cause.
A whopping 2,505 naked women took part in the record-breaking moment, which required participants to spend at least five minutes in the ice-cold waters off Magheramore beach, in County Wicklow. The picturesque location is around 60 k.m. south of the capital city of Dublin.
Women journeyed from all over Ireland, as well as worldwide, to help raise almost 300,000 Euro or about $342,000 for Aoibheann's Pink Tie, an Irish children's cancer charity.
The charity took to Twitter to express their gratitude for the amazing achievement and to share an impressive photo of the event.
pic.twitter.com/BeE8GfLm1P — Aoibheann's Pink Tie (@AoibheannPinkT) June 9, 2018
Saturday's event broke the previous record of 768 people, which was set three years ago in Perth, Western Australia. The Aussies gathered to promote body positivity and awareness.
A Wonderful Cause
Aoibheann's Pink Tie was set up in 2010 after founder Jimmy Norman's 8-year-old daughter Aoibheann passed away from cancer. The title comes from the pink ties worn to the little girl's funeral. Pink was also the child's favorite color.
Norman was jubilant on the response to the event.
"This is probably the greatest day in the history of our charity. We've never raised so much money for a single event, and it has really exceeded all our expectations," he said.
Dee Featherstone, a cancer survivor, organized Saturday's event. The Dublin lady launched the first ever "Strip and Dip" fundraising skinny dip event back in 2013, just a short while after her own mastectomy.
It has since become a popular event, raising 153,000 Euro, which amounts to around $180,000, for children's cancer charities excluding the proceeds from Saturday's event.
Michelle Neary, who participated in the event, posted on the official Aoibheann's Pink Tie Facebook page that she was honored to have taken part.
"I felt so honored and proud to be among such beautiful, courageous, inspirational women," she gushed.
The funds raised on Saturday will be utilized for the purchase of a fully-furnished, family-friendly house in Dublin for parents of children suffering from cancer who can't afford to keep traveling back and forth from the capital for hospital visits.