MORE than 200 people from across Limerick attended the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare where Hurling legend Ger Loughnane launched the Walk of Life, which aims to raise tens of thousands of euro for Milford Hospice.
The major event, which is the brainchild of Limerick Leader columnist and GAA commentator, Martin Kiely, will take place at five locations in Limerick next October.
Speaking at the launch, Martin said Milford Hospice is a worthy cause.
“I’ve always greatly appreciated the efforts of Milford Hospice and I felt the time was right to have a substantial co-ordinated effort to raise significant funds for Milford Hospice. The people of Limerick and the Midwest region have responded and we have teams in place in every parish to facilitate the fundraising initiative.”
Former Clare hurling manager, Ger Loughnane, who has overcome a recent Cancer said he hopes the people of Limerick and the wider region support the Walk of Life.
“Milford Hospice is an outstanding facility servicing the people of the Midwest selflessly, and with such generosity of spirit towards those with terminal illness. We live in difficult times, but such difficulties pale into insignificance when families are faced with a life threatening disease. I am 100% behind the Walk of Life and this is an opportunity for the people of the Midwest region to say Thank you’ to Milford Hospice,” he said.
The main focus of the Walk of Life will comprise of five clustered 5km walks in Limerick on October 19th next.
There will also be a number of other events including a business breakfast in Limerick on September 9, which will be addressed by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.
Primary and secondary schools across Limerick will also support the event by holding a Colours day on October 18.
The Health Service Executive is also supporting the project.
‘This is a fantastic initiative and from our perspective we are totally behind the Walk of Life. The HSE provides significant funding to Milford Hospice, and the current climate has seen everyone’s budgets reduced, but we know at first hand the outstanding work that Milford Hospice does on a day to day basis in Limerick,” said Bernard Gloucester of the HSE.
Sponsorship cards 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 your local parish representative.