Trans-Atlantic effort for Hope Guatemala fundraising walk
WEST Kerry based charity group Hope Guatemala are gearing up to host their annual charity walk and run from Goat Street to Páidí Ó Sé's pub in Ventry on Sunday, April 21, and hundreds of people are expected to take part once again this year.
Runners, walkers, cyclists, joggers, jugglers and musicians will join children and parents as they make their way to Ventry, employing whatever means of travel that may suit them on the day in an effort to raise funds for the indigenous Mayan people of Guatemala.
In a unique addition this year, students and faculty members of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, which offers a study abroad programme for its students in An Díseart in Dingle, will also host a walk on the same day in solidarity with the effort in West Kerry.
According to Eddy Dieckmann of Hope Guatemala last year's walk helped fund the construction of a school and this year's event will be focused on raising money to build a 'centro de salud' (health centre) in the highlands of Nejab province in Guatemala.
"There is no health service in the communities and children, pregnant women and the elderly have to walk up to six hours in the mountains hoping to find help," said Eddy.
This year's walk and run will kick off at 2.30pm in Goat Street as the Dingle Carnival Band burst into action with their drum rhythms.
Following the mirth and merriment along with way, a tortilla party will be hosted in Páidí Ó Sé's with food provided by the Goat Street Café, followed by live music by Dublin rockers 'The Sidewalks' who will be onstage from 4pm onwards.
Sponsorship cards are available from the Goat Street Café or people can simply donate €10 on the day (covering all food and entertainment).