Wicklow Rose Gillian setting off for Tralee

Myles Buchanan

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

WICKLOW Rose Gillian Burke continued her fundraising efforts this week before being whisked away with the other Roses on a tour of various locations before arriving in Kerry on Fridya for the start of the festival.

Wicklow Rose Gillian Burke continued her fundraising efforts this week before being whisked away with the other Roses on a tour of various locations before arriving in Kerry on Fridya for the start of the festival.

Since being crowned Wicklow Rose 2014, the 23-year-old from Talbotstown, Kiltegan, has embarked on a whirlwind fundraising drive taking to help benefit a number of charities close to her heart.

She recently helped to organise a fundraiser in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland in Fatima Hall, Baltinglass featuring face painting, bottle stalls, a bouncy castle, sandbag throwing, cake and bun stalls and other fun activities for the family.

The Kiltegan native also got on her bike to help launch the Jack and Jill Foundation's 'Kilkenny Cycle' which starts from Blessington on Saturday, September 13. Joining her for some 'wheelie' great fun at the launch were Kildare Rose Katie O'Neill and Kilkenny Rose Vera McGrath.

The proceeds of the 100k cycle will help to provide home nursing hours for families caring for children with life-threatening conditions. The cost of registration is €100. People can register now on www.jackandjill.ie .

Gillian and the rest of the Roses arrive in Tralee on Friday following stop offs during the week in Newbridge, Co. Kildare; Dublin City Centre; the Irish National Famine Museum in Roscommon, Co. Leitrim and Limerick.

The festival takes place from Friday, August 15, to Tuesday, August 19, when the whole Garden County will be giving Gillian their backing.

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