A POPULAR fundraiser for a cancer charity returns to Baltimore next week after a Covid-enforced hiatus.

Women on the Water – WOW – was created in 2014 by Joan Collins, former commodore of the Baltimore Sailing Club, following her diagnosis of leukemia. The fundraiser supports both Breakthrough Cancer Research, founded by the late Professor Gerry O’Sullivan, and Marymount Hospice, and has raised thousands of dollars for charity over the past few years.

Joan Collins passed away at the end of 2018 and the WOW event is now held in her memory, along with her daughter Odharnait and the BSC team.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Odharnait said they were very happy to be back after the break for their fifth edition of the fundraiser. “We can’t wait to get out on the water, it’s going to be a fun day,” she said.

“At the time mum put it together, a lot of people in the area were diagnosed with cancer, so we just want to give something back.”

She says the day is open to everyone – locals, visitors and tourists – and will include a morning swim, an on-water scavenger hunt, competitions, a charity raffle and more.

The only criteria for those wishing to join is to wear pink – the color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and a life jacket if you have one. Baltimore Village and Harbor transforms into a water park-like entertainment zone, with dinghies, kayaks, RIBs, sailboats and currachs taking part in the competitions on the water – and given that the he event has been halted by Covid restrictions for the past few years, organizers have promised this year will be very special.

The event kicks off this Thursday, August 11. Admission is €30 for adults and €10 for children. For more information, see baltimoresailingclub.ie