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“Healthy Today Happy Tomorrow” fundraiser at IT Sligo, World Health Day Sunday, April 7th


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IT Sligo are teaming up with Dip in the Nip and the Radisson Blu to hold a fundraising event that will take place on World Health Day Sunday April 7th. The event entitled “Healthy Today Happy Tomorrow” will focus on fun alternatives for a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the dos rather than the don’ts in living a happy, healthy life.

The event will include guest speakers, Maire Garvey organiser of Dip in the Nip, Gabriel MacSharry Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist   and Miriam Cunningham and Aileen Cooper from Fitness4All. A number of stallholders will be on site from a number of healthy and wellbeing businesses in the NW providing information, free samples and advice to attendees including the Sligo Yoga, Good4U, Sligo Artspsychotheraphy,  Eithna O Sullivan will be providing tasty seaweed smoothies and attendees will also be treated to delicious guilt free goodies.

All proceeds on the day will go to the Dip in the Nip which is a charity event that supports cancer patients with an exciting number of dips along the Altlantic sea coast of Ireland every year and in particular this event will support a scalp cooler fund. Scalp Coolers are pieces of equipment that at least minimise and often prevent hair loss in chemotherapy patients. The Dip purchased its first Scalp Cooler in 2011, which was only the 16th one in Ireland. Some of the reasons there are so few are because hair loss is not a recognised medical condition and because of their cost (each Scalp Cooler costs approximately €22,000). It is one of the aims of the Dip that within 5 years every single chemotherapy patient who wants access to a scalp cooler shall have it.

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Join us on Sunday 7th April at the Radisson Blu from 2-5pm for what promises to be a fun informative afternoon.

Tickets are priced at €10 and are available on the day or by calling Ashling 0876252190 or Jemma 0858385747

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Third Dip in the Nip to take place on Northwest beach on Saturday June 25th

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The third ‘Dip in the Nip’ will take place on a beach in the northwest of Ireland on Saturday 25th June. This innovative fundraiser was the brainchild of Sligo woman Máire Garvey who came up with the simple idea of a small sponsored all-female skinny dip to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society in 2009.

This simple idea soon grew and it quickly became a much bigger event and generated significant media interest, spearheaded by a lively and entertaining interview Máire had with the late Gerry Ryan on his show, and whom Máire credits with generating such interest about it that 180 women from all over Ireland took part in the first year, raising €56,000 between them. Last year, due to the huge interest from the male population, the Dip was opened to men as well, and 30 of them dared to bare for the Irish Cancer Society, though at a respectable distance from the women! Máire is hopeful that even more men will participate this year.

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This year will see the addition of a Great Big Dipper Party on Saturday night, as well as the usual breakfast on the beach after the Dip. Stores in Sligo will be offering discounts to Dippers all weekend, and the hotels and guesthouses are also offering special deals. Given the fun element introduced in previous Dips by women wearing pink wigs, feather boas and even pink rubber gloves (!) there will be a prize on the day for the best Pink and the best Blue (so the men don’t feel left out!). There will also be a range of exciting raffle prizes for people who get their sponsorship in by the deadline. And this year, 10 each of two exclusively designed tee-shirts for the 20 men and women who raise the most sponsorship, with a special prize going to the person who raises the most.

Proceeds from this years Dip in the Nip are being divided between three charities. A priority for the Dip in the Nip over the coming years is to fund the purchase of scalp coolers. Scalp coolers are very successful in minimising and sometimes preventing hair loss during chemotherapy treatments, and can also help in maintaining a positive body image at this challenging time.

The Dip in the Nip is delighted that the first Scalp Cooler will be going to the Haemotology & Oncology Department in Sligo General Hospital.
The Dip in the Nip is also supporting the Drogheda Cancer Research & Education Trust in providing a genomic test which determines if a patient is better suited to anti-hormonal therapy than chemotherapy and which predicts the patient’s likely benefit from chemotherapy as well as their likelihood of breast cancer recurrence Approximately 200 people a year could benefit from this therapy.

And finally, the Dip in the Nip is proud to again support the Irish Cancer Society, whose mission is to play a vital role in achieving world-class cancer services in Ireland, to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes.
Registration details and sponsorship forms are available from 086-173 3019 or


Sligo’s Dip In the Nip features in ‘Terry Wogan’s Ireland’ on BBC 1 this Sunday

Last year, Terry Wogan came along and met some brave souls who bared all and dashed into the Atlantic Ocean all for a good cause. The second Dip in the Nip took place at Dunmoran Strand in Sligo, and over 200 men and women raised over €35,000 for the Irish Cancer Society. The Dippers will be featured in the second part of ‘Terry Wogans Ireland’ on BBC 1 next Sunday, 30th January. This two-part special has Terry comparing the Ireland he grew up in and the Ireland of today, and his time with the Dippers contrasts sharply with his own experience of swimming in the sea as a child.

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Dip In The Nip- Calendar Launch

The 2010 Dip in the Nip calendar and exhibition will be launched in the Wine Street Well Wellness Centre, Sligo on Thursday 22nd October @ 8pm. The Dip in the Nip fundraiser centres around two women Sligo women, Maire Garvey and Grainne Gilmartin, who came up with the simple idea of a small sponsored all-female ‘skinny’ dip to raise money for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society in June 2009. Following intense media interest, publicity and speculation around the secret venue, the first dawn ‘Dip in the Nip’ took place on beautiful Lissadell beach, Co. Sligo on Sunday, 21st June with 180 ladies aged 18 – 71 years of age taking part and raising over €56,000 to date.

The calendar which features a selection of black and white photographs from the Dip in the Nip, with splashes of pink throughout, will be on sale from Thursday at the launch event, through various retail outlets and by visiting It will retail at €19.99 with 90% of the proceeds going directly to Action Breast Cancer – a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.

The corresponding exhibition which will also run at the Wine Street Wellness Centre, Sligo from Thursday 22nd October to Friday 30th October will feature 26 pictures, 2.5′ feet x 1.5′ feet in size in black and white of nude women in various poses and scenes. Some of the photographs were taken on the day of the ‘Dip in the Nip’ and others were taken in the Alpine Gardens at Lissadell a few weeks later.

22nd Oct//Dip In the Nip//The Wellness Centre//8pm

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‘Dip in the Nip’

An all-female ‘Dip in the Nip’ is taking place on Sunday, 21st June, in Sligo (secret location to be revealed!) and is aiming to be the biggest all female skinny-dip ever.

The exact location of the dip will be confirmed to participants the day before by text so make sure Máire has your correct contact details. The dip is scheduled to take place at 9am but this time may be changed to protect everybody’s privacy – details will be confirmed in the final text message. If you have not heard from us by the evening, or you have any questions, please call Máire at 086-4016047, Grainne at 086-6044681, or Jenny at 086-1006063.

Full details including a Solstice bonfire on Saturday night, available on the Irish Cancer Society website here.


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