All for a good cause! David (44) takes quick dip in Forty Foot before 200km walk to Galway
The freezing cold weather didn't put a stop to David O’Reilly this morning as he threw himself into the Forty Foot to kick off his charity walk to Galway to raise funds for Crumlin Hospital.
The 44 year old is embarking on the journey after seeing first-hand the care supplied at the hospital.
But when he heard that the cancer unit gets no public funding for research and new equipment in a children’s cancer ward he decided he would do his bit to help.
“I was in Crumlin Children’s Hospital last night and the mind boggles why there is no public funding for research and new equipment in a children’s cancer ward,” he told Independent.ie.
“Everything privately funded. It’s the same with the parent’s accommodation in there. I was privileged to get a tour there by one of the patient's parents. It’s really clean and quiet and well run by the staff but it’s all funded by businesses, individuals and families,” he added.
After his dip at the Forty Foot David met up with the students of CBS Monkstown at the east pier in Dun Laoghaire.
They shared the first steps of his walk to Galway and helped send him on his way.
“The walk is a day by day event and I’ve little planned in terms of accommodation or where I’m stopping. I suppose if you were diagnosed with cancer as a child, it would be a serious journey into the unknown and a day by day event for yourself and your family,” said David.
“Comparatively speaking I’m lucky to be going for a healthy walk in the park. I’ve seen people facing real challenges and they need our support. And it’s great to see the lads from CBC Monkstown supporting Crumlin Children’s Hospital - they’re a solid bunch of lads and have excellent teachers,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to the journey this week and to meeting a few people along the way,” said David, as the feeling slowly returned to his fingers and toes.