In 2013, Swim Ireland, the governing body of swimming in Ireland, won €25,000 from the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund to support its Swimathon 2014: Swim for a Mile project. 

More than 1,000 swimmers across Ireland hit the pools in April to take on the one-mile challenge. The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund also enabled Swim Ireland to offer free swimming coaching at five flagship centres across the country. 

Following the 12-week training programme, hundreds of participants took to the water in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Bangor to swim the mile. They were joined by Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Matt Cooper, Today FM presenter, who both took part in the event.

“I haven’t done this since I was in school so I’m very glad that I still can. I really want to compliment Swim Ireland and Coca-Cola for organising it. Swimming is a great cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercise. That’s why swimmers are so healthy. The more people we can get in the pool the better”, said Minister Leo Varadkar.

The Thank You Fund is designed to support projects and initiatives by non-profit, voluntary and charitable organisations having a positive impact on the quality of life in local communities throughout Ireland, with a specific focus on helping communities to be more active and healthy.

As well as Swim Ireland, 10 other non-profit organisations each won a €10,000 grant from the fund in 2013:

Applications for the Thank You Fund 2017 are now open. Find out more about the Thank You Fund 2017.