Wednesday 12 December 2018

Annual cancer walk a smash-hit success

Darragh and Phillip Butler at the Irish Cancer Society walk in Rivervalley.
Darragh and Phillip Butler at the Irish Cancer Society walk in Rivervalley.

Nicola Donnelly

OVER 100 people donned their runners and rain coats recently to participate in the 7th Annual Valley Cancer Walk in Swords.

The event, which has so far raised €3,375, was deemed a huge success, despite the inclement weather conditions.

Organiser Margaret Harris said she was delighted so many families and walkers turned out on the day, even though the weather wasn't too favourable.

'It rained before we started the walk but stopped for a bit and then rained afterwards but that didn't deter the 116 people who came out to take part in it,' Margaret told the Fingal Independent.

The walk, which is now in its seventh year, took almost an hour to complete, taking in the walkway area around The Valley with a stop mid-way for a picnic at Highfields.

'All the money we raise goes to Cancer Research with the Irish Cancer Society,' said Margaret.

After the walk, refreshments were provided by The Peacock Pub, where participants also got the chance to socialise with each other. Three raffles also took place with spot prizes donated by local businesses.

The Peacock Pub, Fyffes, Centra, Dunnes Stores and Supervalu also provided refreshments for the walkers while Kate O'Reilly of the Irish Cancer Society gave a talk explaining where the money raised will go.

'It was a great day and it has now become a community event and with thanks to Fingal County Council for work they have done along the route it is now a buggie friendly route,' added Margaret.

She wants to express thanks to everyone who donated prizes, refreshments, Paul O'Connor for providing the sound system, Kathleen Corby for collecting the spot prizes and to everyone who turned up and donated money to the annual event.

Fingal Independent