We all need a bit of uplifting content at the moment. Something to put a smile on our faces, and if that comes with a side-helping of extreme cuteness and weird, West-Of-Ireland tweeness, then all the better.
Look no further than Ballina Community Clean-Up's Facebook page, and siblings Annie, Isabelle and Ellie Cawley from Crossmolina.
The community group, along with another local charitable organisation, the FLOW Community Project, have been holding a fundraising drive called Freeze 4 February, which involves Mayo locals jumping into a freezing river every day of this month to raise cash for a sensory park for children with special needs in Ballina.
The three Cawley siblings have gone one further on the heart-warming stakes: by donating their tooth fairy money to the cause. They wrote a letter to the Ballina Community Clean-Up Group chair David O'Malley, with a letter explaining that they "jumped in Lough Conn to help you raise money for the special kids. We will give €5 each from our Tooth Fairy money,"
The idea is simple: folk across Ballina have been going down to various bodies of water and immersing themselves in it, filming a video of their dip and then sending it into the Facebook page, where it is shared with the world.
They've made a wee competition of it as well, with two competing teams from the two charities.
"Mayo footballer Padraig O'Hora will lead Team FLOW and Ballina solicitor David O'Malley will captain Team BEElieve in the brave Freeze 4February fundraiser," says their fundraising page.
"FLOW is dedicated to creating a more inclusive community for people with disabilities while the Ballina Community Clean-Up Group boasts an extensive array of voluntary enhancement/biodiversity projects across north Mayo."
"The two groups are now collaborating, with the support of Mayo Co Council, on a proposed play area in Ballina for children with sensory needs."
"Now, operating as Team FLOW and Team BEElieve, they will go head-to-head in the Freeze 4 February challenge that will see some well-known local personalities taking the plunge for this very deserving cause."
"The daily dips will be undertaken in full compliance with Covid-19 public health regulations and recorded and shared on social media."
You can donate some money to this very worthy cause - or, if you're in Mayo, maybe jump in yourself - by clicking here.
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