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Monday 27 March 2017

Trekking brothers go extra mile to help

Michael McHale

Eight-year-old trekker Oisin Farley-Nolan was among the enthusiastic young walkers calling on the public to strap on their hiking shoes and join in a new charity adventure yesterday.

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Ireland yesterday highlighted its upcoming Cuban Adventure fundraising walk, set to take place from November 21 to December 3 this year. The charity is hoping to raise around €175,000 if they can get 50 volunteers or more to take part.

It will be the second time the charity has held a walk in the country after sending a team of hikers there last year.

"We've been doing these kinds of challenges for 22 years now," senior fundraising executive Catherine O'Leary said.

"Anyone who gets involved will have to raise €4,950, and covered in this is the cost of travelling and accommodation, but we get good deals so that keeps it low.

"The walk in Cuba lasts for eight days, walking for between five and seven hours a day," she added.

The trek begins and ends in Havana, with distances of up to 25km covered each day. All proceeds made from the event will go towards upgrading the 12-bed respite and care centre for MS patients at Bushy Park road, Rathgar in Dublin, which has been running for 22 years.

Further information about the trek, including an application form, can be found on www.ms-society.ie.

Irish Independent

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