Monday 5 December 2016

This couple are walking the Wicklow Way to raise funds for suicide prevention

Published 09/10/2016 | 15:26

Darren and Tegan Milton
Darren and Tegan Milton
Tegan Milton

An Irish-Australian couple will finish their walk of the Wicklow Way in aid of suicide prevention on Sunday evening.

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Darren and Tegan Milton are taking some time on their two-and-a-half-year trip around the world to complete three challenges and raise money for Corbett Suicide Prevention Limerick and a charity in Mexico where they plan to volunteer.

Darren Milton
Darren Milton

“We love travelling and are currently into our first year of our two and a half-year travel adventure. We thought that while we were travelling the world, we should fund-raise to help others,” the couple say on their fund-raising page.

They have raised AUS$3,280 (€2,221) of their goal of AUS$5,000 (€3,386), and they are hoping that this walk and the third challenge will get them there.

They started with the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in May and today they will complete their walk of the Wicklow Way over nine days. The Wicklow Way runs from Wicklow to Limerick over 290km, and the couple have been walking more than 30km every day since October 1.

They will be greeted by volunteers from Corbett Suicide Prevention Limerick and local dignitaries for drinks in the local pub and a rest after braving the bad weather.

Louraine Corbett Tomlinson of Corbett Suicide Prevention Limerick said: “They’re an amazing couple and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to support us. It’s a great cause and we’re very excited about the event.”

CSPL patrol Limerick’s four bridges at night asking if people on the bridges are in need of help and intervening when people are in distress. Their main aim is to decrease the rate of suicide in Limerick, which is one of the highest in the country. It was named after the late Trevor Corbett, the organisation’s founder.

Tegan Milton
Tegan Milton

You can donate to the cause and see updates on Darren and Tegan’s challenges here

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