A CHARITY event, which organisers hope will raise tens of thousands of euro for Milford Hospice, has received an early boost.
More than €14,000 was raised for the Walk of Life event at a business fundraiser breakfast which took place at the Strand Hotel on Monday morning.
The event - the brainchild of Limerick Leader columnist Martin Kiely - will take place on Saturday, October 19, at the University of Limerick, Glenstal Abbey, Ballyhoura, Newcastle West, Curraghchase and Sixmilebridge.
The aim is to get sponsorship, with all the proceeds going to Milford Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill people.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan joined Mayor Kathleen Leddin and Dr Bernard Gloster of the HSE at Monday’s event, where people were asked to give money by buying a table, and making donations to the charity.
Mr Kiely said the main aim of the business breakfast was to keep the Walk of Life fresh in people’s minds, a month out.
“There was an opportunity to send the message of the Walk of Life to different businesses in the city, and sporting groups in the city and county. It spread a message: walk in solidarity for Milford Hospice,” he said.
The major event will see parishes across the county organise groups and teams to take part in one of the six routes.
Primary and secondary schools across Limerick will also support the event by holding a Colours Day the day before the walk itself.
Rather than training hurling teams this year, Mr Kiely has instead been putting all his energy into the Walk of Life.
“When you look at Milford Hospice, and when you hear of people going, it is the place people know about - but one that nobody wants to go to. If you go there, you do not come out of it. So I came up with the Walk of Life, on the basis of how precious life is,” he said.
Mr Kiely added that Limerick is “very fortunate” to have a facility like Milford Hospice.
“I have met a lot of people that have been incredibly taken by the way their loved ones are treated in their dying days there,” he confirmed.
As well as the fundraiser in the city, the parish of Athlacca/Banogue raised €4,000 from a Walk of Life fundraiser over the weekend.
Sponsorship cards are available and other events will be organised on a parish by parish basis, and anyone wishing to get involved, or help in any way, can contact their local parish representative.Alternatively, you can check out the Walk of Life web site at walkoflife.ie, or visit the Facebook page.