Tuesday 27 September 2016

Pensioner to walk 4000km around Ireland in memory of friends who passed away

‘The sense of powerlessness that I felt when my friends were dying has motivated me’

Published 10/05/2016 | 14:33

Dr Marty Holland, a retired lecturer from Mary Immaculate College will couch-surf from county to county in memory of his friends Michael and John who lost their battle with the disease.
Dr Marty Holland, a retired lecturer from Mary Immaculate College will couch-surf from county to county in memory of his friends Michael and John who lost their battle with the disease.

An pensioner is to embark on a solo journey which will see him walk more than 4,000km around Ireland’s coast to raise vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

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Dr Marty Holland, a retired lecturer from Mary Immaculate College will couch-surf from county to county in memory of his friends Michael and John who lost their battle with the disease.

Dad-of-three Marty will set off on his adventure, which will see him go anti-clockwise from Clare to cover the Munster and Leinster coasts. He will recommence his mission in April 2017 and walk along the coasts of Connaught and Ulster.

“The sense of powerlessness that I felt when my friends Michael and John were dying from cancer has motivated me to get out there and do something positive to help combat cancer,” said Marty, who is collecting donations for The Irish Cancer Society.

I see the benefits of on-going research in the growing number of those who have survived and recovered from cancer including my own sisters and a brother.”

The former lecturer hopes that Irish people will be generous towards him along the way, as he feels the logistics of the 4000km walk will be the hardest thing to overcome.

 "I am confident that people will be generous in their support for this worthy cause by way of financial donations, there are few out there whose lives have not been touched by cancer, but, to keep costs down, I’ll also be dependent on peoples’ good will and generosity in offering me somewhere to put my head down for the night and in getting my rucksack transported from A to B."

To map Marty’s progress follow his blog totalcoastforcancer.wordpress.com or follow him on Twitter for updates @CoastForCancer

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