Boyle man’s Cold Water Challenge for Pieta House

A young man in Boyle has taken on the November Cold Water Challenge in order to raise much-needed funds for Pieta House.

Miko Stewart (23) has been taking the plunge at Doon Shore, Lough Key and Lough Gara in recent weeks and has set himself the personal challenge of increasing his time in the water beyond the required 30 seconds. Starting off at three minutes, Miko is now in the water for up to seven and a half minutes at a time despite the recent cold snap.

“His dedication, despite the cold weather and feeling a bit sick in recent days, is to be truly admired,” his proud parents Karen Stewart and Kris Zurek have said.

“He is such an inspirational young man showing up at the Doon Shore, Lough Key or Lough Gara and doing what he set out to do despite the extreme cold temperatures, fog, wind or rain. He is overcoming something within himself, but also is thinking of others as he pushes forward in this fundraising event”.

Miko has also recently started to share strategies for coping with stress and anxiety in a series of videos posted on his Facebook page.

He is now seeking your support as he attempts to complete the challenge this month while continuing to increase his time in the water.

Visit Miko’s Facebook page and help him realise his goal of raising €1,000 for Pieta House, providing services for people who may be in suicidal distress and/or engaging in self-harm. He is currently within €450 of achieving his target.

For more information or to support Miko in his fundraising mission, please contact 083-8690281.