Mullagh Community in conjunction with Cuan Mhuire
will participate in a Four Day Fundraising Walk from
Croke Park to Cuan Mhuire Athenry
August 3rd to 6th 2016
– THE PURPOSE –
The purpose of the event is to raise funds towards providing facilities for health and mental wellbeing both in our community and for Cuan Mhuire. On completion of the journey the team will present a signed hurley by the president of the GAA, Aogan O`Fearghail, to the staff of Cuan Mhuire, Athenry.
– THE MULLAGH COMMUNITY –
This fundraising initiative was brought about by two local residents of a small community in East Galway, Mullagh. In the spring of this year they set up a boot camp for the primary purpose of facilitating relatively young people (35+) who were no longer at an age for participating in local club sports such as hurling or football, but who still had a yearning for some form of sporting activity for their physical and mental wellbeing.
The team participate in weekly boot camp classes run voluntarily by Paul Melly with monthly organised excursions also arranged to ‘push the boundaries’, coinciding with the basics of good nutrition and healthy eating .
Mullagh and Senior Galway hurler Davy Glennon, from our local club, has just come through a program at Cuan Mhuire. His story of playing in Croke Park in a Leinster final last July and booking himself into Cuan Mhuire four days later was recently published in the Irish Examiner.
– THE CHARITY –
Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of Rehabilitation Treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues. Since its formation in 1966 by Sr. Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people. A registered charity (CHY6648) with its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.
At any one time Cuan Mhuire has 600 people in treatment through their nationwide centres in Bruree, Co. Limerick; Farnanes, Co. Cork; Athy, Co. Kildare; Coolarne, Co. Galway and Newry, Co. Down. For more information check them out at www.cuanmhuire.ie
– THE ROUTE –
The fundraising event will commence on the 3rd August leaving Croke Park and walking approximately 45km per day over four days. The aim is to reach our destination Mullagh on Saturday afternoon. It is proposed that from Mullagh Community Centre a number of cyclists will take over and complete the journey to the Cuan Mhuire centre in Athenry.
Day 1 – Croke Park -> Robertstown, Co. Kildare
Day 2 – Robertstown, Co. Kildare -> Ballycommon, Co. Offaly
Day 3 – Ballycommon, Co. Offaly -> Shannon Harbour, Co. Offaly
Day 4 – Shannon Harbour, Co. Offaly -> Mullagh Community Centre
Day 4 – Mullagh Community Centre -> Cuan Mhuire, Athenry
– WITH ASSISTANCE –
- We are very grateful to Top Oil who have come on-board as main sponsor
- The GAA headquarters are 100% behind the initiative
- Aid stations, hydration services and bedding will be voluntarily provided along the route
- National media have also expressed an interest in broadcasting our efforts
- Local and national companies along with numerous organizations are committed to providing physical and financial support to the initiative
- Local celebrities, national and International sports stars have also expressed their support
– THE OUTCOME –
We anticipate a substantial turn out over the four days with numerous GAA clubs and organizations along the route expressing interest to support the walk. We will endeavor to make it as enjoyable as possible by creating a carnival atmosphere for all who participate and who encounter us on our journey.