Horsman to make the long walk from Belfast to Limerick

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Christian Aid's head of media, Adrian Horsman, beginning his charity walk from Belfast to Limerick
A FORMER BBC and TV3 journalist left Belfast for Limerick on Saturday, but won’t be arriving here for about a week.

A FORMER BBC and TV3 journalist left Belfast for Limerick on Saturday, but won’t be arriving here for about a week.

Adrian Horsman, head of media with Christian Aid is walking the 200 miles to Limerick and is not sure when he will arrive here.

He started out at 9am on Saturday morning from St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast and his destination is St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

He started his walk following an early morning communion service and the Dean of Belfast Very Rev John Mann then sent him on his way.

Adrian explained:“I will be walking on my own with a rucksack packed with some water and a bivi-bag so that I can sleep out. I hope to get to Limerick in just over a week’s time, but I don’t really know how long it will take me.”

He is doing the walk to help poor children in Africa.

“I am doing this for all those children whom I’ve met in Africa as they carry water for miles every day on foot. The big difference between our walks is that they don’t have any choice.”

And he added, “But Christian Aid Ireland is fighting back against this awful and unnecessary poverty. This includes getting clean water into their villages and the children into school.”

Exactly 20 years ago Adrian cycled the length of Africa by himself from Ireland to Cape Town.

The former BBC and TV3 journalist says that is when his eyes were opened to the reality of poverty.

At the end of next week’s Irish journey, Adrian will be greeted at St Mary’s Cathedral by the Dean of Limerick Very Revd Sandra Pragnell, who will be hoping for a big Limerick welcome for the charity walker.