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Locals finish 31 Day Challenge in style with 5k walk

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Martin Moore (Tralee). Maggie Large (Listowel) and Willie Guiney (Listowel) pictured at the Rose Hotel on Friday evening for the fundraising 5k walk. All photos by John Cleary

Martin Moore (Tralee). Maggie Large (Listowel) and Willie Guiney (Listowel) pictured at the Rose Hotel on Friday evening for the fundraising 5k walk. All photos by John Cleary

Martin Moore (Tralee). Maggie Large (Listowel) and Willie Guiney (Listowel) pictured at the Rose Hotel on Friday evening for the fundraising 5k walk. All photos by John Cleary

For some, it was the month that would never end but for those who flocked to the Rose Hotel on Friday evening to take part in the final day of the 31-day challenge, there was a bittersweet feeling as the first month of 2020 came to an end, such is the huge popularity of the annual challenge.

The challenge, set by local man Colin Aherne, was simple: people were asked to commit to at least a half an hour of activity a day for the full 31 days of January.

This half an hour could take many forms either walking, running, swimming, cycling etc. Friday evening was the culmination of this long month of activity, a month which acted as a fundraiser for a number of different charities: Down Syndrome Kerry, Action for Amber, Chloe's Journey and Bumbleance; anyone who was taking part in the challenge then donated to the challenge's GoFundMe page.

The challenge was not just limited to Kerry however with its message reach spreading around the entire country. Friday's 5k walk saw people heading out the canal and back in again before returning to the Rose Hotel where representatives from the charity were presented with cheques with the proceeds from the night.

Overall the challenge raised an impressive €13,000 with this money then divided between the charities: - Down Syndrome Kerry (€4,500) - Action For Amber (€3,500) - Chloe's Journey (€3,500) - Bumbleance (€1,000).

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