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Liberty Island New York & Alcatraz to San Francisco Bay swim challenges for Joan Fennelly

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Joan Fennelly
3 July, 2024

Event details

Date and time

10 September 2024

1:00 am


Alcatraz to San San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, September 10th, 2024, and Liberty Island, New York, USA on September 14th, 2024.

The summary

For several years, I have either spearheaded or been involved in many charity fundraisers, largely centred around endurance swimming challenges and auctions - these activities have raised vital funds for charities across Ireland, the UK and as far away as Nepal, most notably supported charities in the area of cancer hospice services, brain conditions (MS, MND, Parkinsons & Huntingtons), as well as educational charities and women/children's refuges.

Over the years, my townsfolk of Mountmellick have been incredibly benevolent in their contributions to my charitable fundraisers, so as a final fundraiser, I am keen to go back to my roots, and work closely with a charity who is at the heart of the community of Mountmellick - St. Vincent de Paul was the obvious choice! Having lost my Mam (Marie Fennelly) in December last, my Mam was a leading and devoted member of Mountmellick's St. Vincent de Paul for over 50 years.

For those of you who knew my Mam, she was a force of nature within our community, but a little known fact was that she was the only child of two Irish immigrants who met and married in New York, and this has been the inspiration for my fundraiser this year.
My grandparents, like millions of other Irish immigrants, were greeted by the Statue of Liberty as they arrived in the USA in the hope of having better and more prosperous existences - so, on Saturday, September 14th, I wil be swimming a 3 mile loop in the choppy waters of the Hudson river, around Liberty Island in New York harbour. While there are no vagabonds in my family (that I'm aware of!), on Wednesday, September 10th, I will also be embarking on the ardous swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco Bay - a challenge that is renowned for strong ocean currents, cold waters and one which was deemed "impossible" for prisoners to make it to land!
Both swims are approx 3 miles long.

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