Bothar co-founder to embark on 64km trek in under 14 hours

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Bothar co-founder to embark on 64km trek in under 14 hours

Those boots are made for walking: Peter Ireton is preparing for the mammoth trek this Saturday

BOTHAR co-founder Peter Ireton is preparing to walk 64km over 14 hours this Saturday and is urging others to take on the same route.

The well-known face behind the Limerick-based livestock aid agency is taking on the return trek from Limerick to Killaloe to raise much needed funds for the charity.

Funds raised will help to airlift a special convoy of Irish livestock to impoverished Rwandan families later this year.

The walk is also part of the year-long celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity.

“People have no idea how far money raised from this walk will go for our Rwandan livestock programme. This special airlift of in-calf Irish heifers, Irish dairy goats, Irish pigs, Irish chicks and Irish AI straws will take families from the most abject, life-threatening poverty you could imagine. They very quickly become self-sufficient,” he said.

Bóthar was established in 1991 as a one-off gesture of airlifting cows to 20 families in a poverty-stricken region of Uganda. Since then it has grown into one of Ireland’s leading international NGOs, helping to change the lives of 6,000 families every year.

The walk will commence at UL at 7 am  on Saturday, May 28 and cross over into county Clare via the campus. To make donations or to participate on the day, contact pete@bothar.ie;1850 82 99 99