Imagine an African Christmas. Getting no presents is the least of your worries. Imagine having no roads, no bridges, no books to teach children, no running water, no proper sanitary conditions — this is Christmas in Mozambique. The people of Mozambique are still struggling to rebuild after years of civil war ripped the country apart. This was followed by devastating floods, which caused untold damage. The AIDS epidemic continues to ravage the country. The plight of Mozambique is often sadly forgotten, lost among the many other plights in the world, but it is a cause close to many hearts in Clonakilty. Fr. John Kingston, a missionary from Clonakilty is involved with the Spiritan (Holy Ghost Fathers) Mission to Mozambique.
After eight years working in Rome, Fr. John has now returned to what he loves most, being ‘on the ground’, interacting with locals and a part of the community. He is currently working in the Manica Province in Mozambique. Here the Spiritans are involved in many projects – educational, infrastructure, medical, self-provision. All of which are benefiting the local communities.
Since 1982, the Christmas Morning Swim at Inchydoney has been doing its bit to make a difference. The swim, in aid of Fr. John, is a Clonakilty Christmas tradition, firmly established with many people as the place to be on Christmas morning. Many swimmers this year will be following in the sandy footsteps of their parents who would have taken the plunge in the earlier years and its great to see the swim pass on to the younger generation. Of course new swimmers are always welcome, no matter what age, the more the merrier! Each year, the swim raises thousands of Euro for the Spiritan Mission in Mozambique, where every cent makes a difference.
All the brave swimmers and their followers are welcome to refreshments provided generously by local hotels and businesses.Sponsorship cards available from Mary White (087 2806063/087 8923342) and O’Donovan’s hotel reception. All donations welcome, no matter how small.
The swim starts at 11am sharp from the Virgin Mary’s Bank carpark at Inchydoney.