Jumping foe joy during the Dip in the Nip on Sunday
Pretty in pink - participants warm up after their Dip in the Nip
A man out for an early morning jog on Gormanston beach got quite a surprise last Sunday when he stumbled across 300 naked women who were taking part in the annual Dip in the Nip fundraiser for the Oncology Unit in The Lourdes Hospital.
He didn’t know what way to look but as the naked nymphs of all sizes, shapes and ages ran about giggling and dashing into the Irish Sea for a quick dip so he just picked up the pace of his jogging.
The first North East charity Dip in the Nip took place in 2011 with just a few women taking part and since then has now grown to 300 participants on Sunday last.
Drogheda Life was not invited to cover the event directly, perhaps the organisers thought we couldn’t cope with the sight of 300 naked ladies, so we had to wait for photos and literally dig for information because the PRO for the event has now left the country. Nothing untoward you understand, she has just taken a well-deserved holiday.
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A participant in last year’s skinny dip said that the event is very much a positive experience. “It makes us realise our bodies are wonderful; too often we abuse them and don’t see the beauty” she said.
“In the ocean everybody is equal. Proud bellies, mastectomy scars, cellulite, we’re all there. Skinny-dipping is the ultimate in life affirmation, so the Dip in the Nip lets us celebrate life in all its beauty”.
“Many of the participants had experienced cancer, either they’re own, or through somebody close. Some had lost loved ones and, indeed, some even took part while in treatment.”
The event is now in its’ eighth year and growing from strength to strength. Last year it raised €50,000 and that figure has already been broken in 2019.