Tuesday 20 August 2019

Galway heroes join €100k Steps for Cormac walk

Galway legend Joe Connolly is hoping for individuals, clubs and businesses to show their support with participation and donations in the 100,00 Steps for Cormac challenge. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Galway legend Joe Connolly is hoping for individuals, clubs and businesses to show their support with participation and donations in the 100,00 Steps for Cormac challenge. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

A host of All-Ireland-winning captains will join forces in Galway next weekend with the aim of raising €100,000 for Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre.

Organisers, led by Galway legend Joe Connolly, are hoping for individuals, clubs and businesses to show their support with participation and small donations in the 100,000 Steps for Cormac challenge. Cormac Connolly was just 24 when he died of an inoperable brain tumour in July 2011.

"We would like to offer everyone the chance to join with legendary sporting heroes to walk in Cormac's honour to acknowledge his determination, courage and dignity in his fight for life," Joe, Cormac's uncle, told the Sunday Independent.

The challenge runs from this Thursday, August 28 until Saturday, August 30. This is a once-off memorial and fundraising walk.

The event, which was launched by GAA president Liam O'Neill, aims to bring together the greatest collection of All-Ireland captains in the history of the GAA, giving fans the opportunity to walk with their sporting heroes.

There will be three themed routes visiting All Ireland-winning clubs throughout Galway, led by various GAA legends.

Joe Connolly, Galway's winning captain in 1980, says that, in addition to the famous roll of honour of captains, each of Galway's 94 All Star winners will be there.

"The objective is to raise €100,000 for Pieta House, and organisers are hoping for individuals, clubs and businesses to show their support," Joe said.

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"The work of Pieta House is primarily in the area of suicide prevention.

"As a family left with the devastating aftermath of losing Cormac, we were keen to work with a charity that would, perhaps, have the opportunity to prevent families from going through the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. While we do not claim to understand all aspects of mental illness and suicide nor do we really know what it's like to have cancer, our experience of the disease was very much Cormac's journey and we were just there to love, help and support him in that difficult journey.

"If the outcome of this memorial event is that we could save a family from the pain and heartache of losing a loved one, it would be a wonderful legacy for Cormac."

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