Tuesday 16 July 2019

Coast to Coast walkers raise €35,000 for cancer centre

Hubert Murphy

The Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre is over €35,000 richer this week, thanks to a dedicated group of walkers.

Earlier this year, a hardy bunch of individuals took on the task of travelling from Clarinbridge in Galway to Baltray - by foot - and they achieved their goal, just in time for the start of the Fleadh Cheoil. For one of the chief organisers, Frank Flanagan, it was a memorable journey, but it didn't come without a few blisters!

'We had a great support team in place and that was the key to everything,' he stated.

The likes of Tom Flynn was the wheels man, bringing gear from stop to stop and always on hand when a cup of tea was needed.

Pat Coffey put much of the route together and it is a possible blueprint for a 'Galway-Drogheda Greenway' now.

Each of the walkers went on major fundraising drives and in the end they brought in a staggering €35,854 for the centre.

A delighted Ann Tracey said that the money raised by the group would help the centre to the end of the year alone.

She said they were constantly updating their services for people and this type of funding was vital.

All those involved in the trip, including Mullen Coaches and Breffni Couriers, were thanked for the huge roles they played.

'We have even had people on asking about the next event, so we'll have to see what happens,' Ann added.

Drogheda Independent