WHEN Athea native and 2012 Limerick Person of the Year, Tom Moran, set out on his ' Tomathon' charity walk from Limerick to Dublin on Tuesday last, he had set himself a huge challenge of raising €100,000 for suicide prevention centre, Pieta House.
And just over a week in, the good news is that Tom and his crew have raised in excess of €80,000 - are are on track to reach their goal when they arrive at Tom's Red Cow Moran Hotel this Friday.
Helping Tom and his walkers in their quest are a host of celebrities and sporting personalities, including comedian Brendan Grace who set off from Athea with Tom and his supporters on Tuesday, along with rugby great Alan Quinlan and Limerick funnyman Pat Shortt who joined the walk in Limerick City on Friday. Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Delany is also planning to join Tom on the final leg of the route this coming Friday.
Tom told The Kerryman that as well as raising money for Pieta House, he was hoping the Tomathon would raise suicide awareness.
"Everyone has experienced suicide in some way or another and I've been overwhelmed by the amount of strangers who have come to to me and said they'd love to support the event as it's something close to them," he said.
Tom's 250km walk from Limerick to Dublin finishes at the Red Cow Moran Hotel this Friday, September 21 - the 24th anniversary of when Tom first started there.
Donations can still be made at www.mycharity.ie and search for ' Tomathon'.