Braving the elements on Strickeen

Some of the participants who braved the wind and rain to take part on Saturday’s Strickeen Walk, accompanied by the All-Ireland Junior Club Football trophy.
Some of the participants who braved the wind and rain to take part on Saturday’s Strickeen Walk, accompanied by the All-Ireland Junior Club Football trophy.
Margaret Griiffin KMR, Patricia Sheehan O'Donoghue and Joan O'Donovan at the start of the Strickeen Walk from Kate Kearney's on Saturday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Stephen Fernane

It might have been cold and wet on Saturday, but one event where spirits are never dampened is the annual Strickeen Walk, now in its seventh year.

The walk raises funds for local cancer support services, and this year's band of walking enthusiasts set off on the two-and-a-half-hour mountain trek intent on doing their bit for a worthy cause.

A new guest made the journey this year, thanks to Beaufort GAA, as the All-Ireland Junior Championship cup was proudly carried to the top, producing a welcome flash of silver in the morning grey. Later that evening, the fun continued in Kate Kearney's Cottage where musician Neily O'Connor had them all out dancing to round off another perfect event. Since it started, the Strickeen Walk has raised €53,000 (excluding this year's figure, which hasn't been finalised yet) for local Palliative Care Units in Tralee, Killarney, Killorglin and Cahersiveen.

The Oncology Unit in Tralee also receives a donation, as does the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, who assist in the walk.

"It's all about supporting people who are going through cancer, and it's an important meeting point for people," said Deila Casey from Beaufort.

Money raised usually goes towards buying important items for local Palliative Care Units, as this is something the organisers feel creates a tangible connection between fundraising and the units.

"So many people help out in donating food, and all the shops sponsored prizes without even asking, they are so generous. Cancer is something that is affecting so many people, so we're delighted to do our bit to help. People also like the fact that we buy something for the units like a reclining chair, outdoor furniture, or a mattress. The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team are also fantastic as some of their members help out us in the walk," Deila said.

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