19th January 16
On Thursday the 14th of January 2016, six brave students and teachers took part in the Winter Charity Swim in aid of UNICEF and CLIC Sargent. The thought of being able to contribute money towards warm clothes, food and blankets for refugees was enough to give us the courage to brave the cold waters.
Every year in Ireland on Christmas Day, thousands of hardy souls creep down to the coast and throw themselves into the sea, due to its natural health benefits. According to Tim Moss of the UK-based Outdoor Swimming Society: “The cold water will stimulate your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for rest and repair, and this can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are a vital part of keeping us happy and low levels of them are linked with depression. Couple this effect with the endorphin rush as you take the plunge and it should make for a warm glow and a wide smile when you re-emerge.”
Naturally, this caused plenty of amusement among the fleece-wrapped onlookers! The charity Christmas swim is one of Ireland’s biggest traditions. It’s a tradition which I decided to bring to Laude as a fun and unique way to raise money for charity. Thank you for all the support and donations from teachers, parents and students.