Page 45 - Support Magazine Summer 2017
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By SUSAN MARTIN                                                     LONGFORD































                                                 FUNDRAISING
                                                 The Longford branch wish to
                                                 sincerely thank Kieran Woods,
                                                 Paddy Dowd and Fergus Darcy for
                                                 their extremely generous donation
                                                 of €8,500 to the IKA in memory
                                                 of Lilly Dodd. The three lads set
                                                 off in a camper van with their
                                                 bikes in tow on March 10th to
                                                 take on the challenge to complete
                                                 a charity cycle from Malin Head to
                                                 Mizen Head. The route certainly  camper van and followed the
                                                 was a challenge at times with   three men on their journey
                                                 poor weather conditions and     offering endless amounts of
                                                 arduous climbs, however they    hospitality in the form of hot
                                                 were determined to succeed and  meals and drinks.
                                                 succeed they did.                  It is so important for us to
                                                    The lads were completely     acknowledge this substantial
                                                 overwhelmed with the support    amount of money raised by these
                                                 and generosity they received from  three men. The funds raised will
                                                 the first launch night in The Castle  benefit so many renal patients and
                                                 Inn, Newtownforbes, on March    their families during stressful and
                                                 4th to their final return to Casey’s  worrying times by helping with
                                                 Pub, Newtownforbes, on March    the Renal Support Centre in
                                                 17th.                           Beaumont Hospital.
                                                    Individuals and communities,    Any money raised, through
                                                 throughout various counties, also  fundraising events like this one, go
                                                 offered their support and       towards the day-to-day running
                                                 encouragement as they met       costs of the Centre, as well as
                                                 Kieran, Paddy and Fergus, taking  providing patient aid. Many of our
                                                 selfies outside each post office on  Longford branch members have
                                                 the route from Malin to Mizen   availed of the wonderful facilities
                                                 Head. In total they raised an   of the Centre over the years and
                                                 amazing €17,000 which was       without continued financial
                                                 shared between the IKA and      support this would not be
                                                 Gortha/Self Help Africa.        available.
                                                    Longstanding and dedicated      Well done again lads and thank
                                                 members Michael and Bernadette  you so much for thinking of our
                                                 Wall also headed off in their own  branch.


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