Rise, and splash out for Frances’ good cause

THE renowned singer Frances Black, now a senator, launched the 2021 Rise Foundation Big Dip swim challenge, which takes place on Sunday, October 10.
Participants are asked to fundraise, or to make a donation to the Rise Foundation, and then take a quick dip or a leisurely swim , wherever they are in Ireland or around the world.
The money raised will help fund the foundation’s work in support of those who have family members or a loved one with an alcohol, drug or gambling problem.  The registered charity was founded by Senator Frances Black in 2009 and provides therapy and other supports for people dealing with the addictive behaviour of others.
It is hoped people from all over Ireland will take part, swimming in rivers, lakes, pools or the sea, maybe with the family, their wild swimming buddies or pool pals.
“The rise in popularity of sea swimming around our coasts was a feature of the Covid pandemic.  Sadly, so too was an upsurge in addictive behaviours, as people tried to cope with lockdown, job loss and other challenges,” she said.
The Rise Foundation is a registered charity founded by Senator Black in 2009.  It is focused on family members of those with addictive behaviour (alcohol, drugs, gambling, food or sex addiction).
Rise (Recovery In a Safe Environment) is dedicated to helping family members free themselves from the stress and anxiety of having a loved one with addictive behaviour, and to understand the nature of addiction and the profound effects it has on relationships.

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