Tracie's Walk in memory of a young Castlebridge woman who died from Cystic Fibrosis in 2007, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
The 5km walk from Castlebridge is one of the events organised on behalf of a Trust set up by the family of Tracie Lawlor who died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 24.
The Tracie Lawlor Trust 4 Cystic Fibrosis helps people with Cystic Fibrosis in County Wexford and further afield and has grown into a charity that is very positively supported by the local community.
Olive Lambert, a friend of the Trust came up with the idea of having an annual walk to remember Tracie and while it was never intended as a major fundraiser, it has raised between €600 and €800 each year.
When the walk is finished, the participants go for a meal in the Talbot Hotel where an update is given on the work of the Trust.
One of annual walkers is Larry Brennan, from Dublin, who has taken part every year since it started, despite having some health issues in one of the years.
The Trust honoured him with a special t-shirt, with a photograph of himself from each year, printed on it. Larry celebrated his 86th birthday the next day.
Approximately €250,000 has been raised since the Trust was founded. This has enabled the funding of two major studies costing €120,000. The first was into how Tai Chi can benefit people with CF, which was carried out by the London Southbank Univesity. A DVD was prdouced to show sufferers how to use Tai Chi while they are sick in hospital.
The second was the publication of a book in conjunction with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in San Francisco and the Natural Health Research Insitute which was edited by Leonid Ber, MD, John Mark MD, Collette Corish, B.Sc, Joseph Lawlor B.Sc, Joyce Smith B.Sc and Chrystal Moulton, BA,PMP.
The Trust is also continuing to supply Chi machines, Fir House machines, exercise equipment, gym membership, supplements and some financial help to people with Cystic Fibrosis.
'We would like to thank all those who have helped us in any way, big or small, to make the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis what it is today', said Ian Lawlor. 'The charity is proud of the fact that all donations are spent on improving the lives of people with CF and not spent on wages or expenses'.
He wished Egbert Fleck and his friend Matthias the best of luck on a fundraising cycle from Wexford to Germany which began on June 19. For sponsorship to his Facebook page 'Wex Flecks'.