Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh to end reign with charity cycle and a half marathon from Mayo to Tralee
Maria Walsh has been the most instrumental and effective Rose of Tralee in recent years and the Mayo native is now getting set to cap her festival reign with a massive challenge all in aid of charity.
Before placing the crown on the head of this year’s winner later this month, Maria will partake in 242km cycle and run from her hometown of Shrule, Co Mayo to the festival’s headquarters in Tralee Co. Kerry.
The Trek2Tralee challenge will see Maria pass through five counties in aid of Development Perspectives,Barretstown and Donal Walsh #LiveLife, the charity set up in the name of the inspirational Irish teenager.
Throughout the year, Maria has had the opportunity to bring many issues to the forefront particularly in areas of Irish Road Safety and LGBT issues.
The crown has seen this year’s Rose travel across the globe including trips to India, Australia, South Africa and Belarus.
“I have taken great pride in being the Rose of Tralee. Speaking to students in Primary and secondary schools and colleges has allowed me a platform to discuss all that I am passionate about; LGBT issues, sports, fashion and volunteerism,” said Maria ahead of the challenge.
“Sharing stories to the Irish community particularly young people shows through the power of the collective we can all make a positive difference. I very much hope on my final run as Rose that many will come out and join me and we can raise funds through our Trek2Tralee site for these fantastic charities,” she said.
Maria has encouraged anyone interested in the four day challenge to get involved in aid of the worthy causes chosen by the reigning Rose.