Lough Ree Orcas swimmer Ger Moore has completed an epic two-week swim of the River Shannon, raising over €8,000 for two charities in the process.
The Cork native, now resident in Roxboro in Co. Roscommon, started his incredible ‘Swim Against Suicide’ fundraiser for mental health charities Pieta House and Jigsaw on June 18th at the top of Lough Allen and ended the 250km journey by swimming past King John’s Castle in Limerick on Saturday last (July 1st).
Speaking to the Roscommon People earlier this week, Ger said he was still coming to terms with his achievement.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s great that I get to wake up in the morning and not have to worry about planning for the next 10kms or so,” he said.
“I believe I’m the first person to swim the length of the Shannon in skins, or without a wetsuit. Swimming without a wetsuit is something I enjoy and I’ve done plenty of cold water swimming. I hadn’t taken this challenge on lightly and there was plenty of training with friends from Lanesboro Triathlon Club, Coman’s Masters Swimming Club and in open water with the Lough Ree Orcas”.
There was plenty of support at the finish line with members of the local club in Limerick as well as swimmers from Lanesboro joining Ger for the final leg of his journey.
“That was really special…to finish it with friends you train with is a lovely reward. To have friends and family there at the finish line was the cherry on top after two weeks of slog,” he said.
“I’m delighted with the amount of money raised too – just totally blown away by it. These charities mean so much to so many people. Suicide is something that touches a lot of families. So for that reason alone, if this helps just one family it will be reward enough for me”.
Ger expressed his heartfelt thanks to all those who assisted him in his fundraiser including clubmates, fellow swimmers, family, friends and supporters.
He added that he couldn’t have completed the fundraiser without the help of the Civil Defence, Sub Aqua Clubs, and Search and Rescue crews who gave up their free time to provide water cover along the 250km route.
To donate to Ger Moore’s ‘Swim Against Suicide’ fundraiser, visit the page on idonate.ie.