Ella to walk Wicklow Way for charity
Kilmacanogue girl Ella Hammond (10) will tackle the Wicklow Way in order to help children, with donations going to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
At the end of June Ella will do two stages of the route, covering 30 kilometres in two days. 'I always wanted to do a fundraiser and I am so happy that I get to do this,' she said. Her mum Michelle will accompany her, with plenty of support at home from dad Aidan and sister Jessica.
'As a child, I think it's so important to make sure every child has one good day to remember when things are tough,' she said.
Make -A -Wish grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1992 over 2,400 wishes to brave children across Ireland have been granted, including 211 wishes granted in 2018. Make A Wish does not receive government funding and relies on people like Ella to raise money.
She has already raised over €600, and is grateful to Kilmacanogue National School for allowing her to do a summer t-shirt day.
Her cubs have also done a collection to support the fund, as has Aidan - he is donating a percentage of client fees from his business Bikefitting Ireland to Make-A-Wish.
A spokesman for Make-A-Wish paid a visit to the cubs last week to make a presentation about the work done by the foundation. The cubs have also been doing regular walks to earn a badge, so Ella should have no problems tackling the terrain.
'She can't wait for the walk,' said Michelle. 'The excitement is off the charts!'
To make a donation, look up Ella's Wicklow Way Challenge on everydayhero.com.