A TOTAL of €75,000 was donated to Milford Hospice this week, the proceeds of the Walk of Life charity campaign, which took place in six locations around the county, in late October.
Limerick Leader GAA columnist and RTÉ broadcaster, Martin Kiely, presented the cheque to Milford Hospice chief executive Pat Quinlan, at the Woodland’s Hotel, Adare, last week.
Mr Kiely, who founded the campaign, said the series of walks would not have been successful if wasn’t for the support from the public.
“We started with nothing in the bank but I am very pleased to be in a position to hand such a large sum of money over to Milford Hospice. It would not have been possible were it not for the efforts of many people who backed the vision I had for the project. Many people worked very hard to make it a major success and to them I am so grateful.
“The easy option is to sit and watch others doing the work but in this case many people and parishes played a key part in raising such a huge sum of money for Milford Hospice. In doing this project you find out just how good people are and how they regard the efforts done on a daily basis by the hospice.
“Raising money in the times we are living in is very difficult but the plan always was about a small amount from a lot of people and that in turn can be a large amount of money. It was great that the Walk of Life was a great success and many people in a quiet way provided huge support to me. The Walk of Life was about Limerick showing its support for Milford Hospice and I am glad to say they did it in a very special way,” he said.
Chief executive Pat Quinlan said he was “struck” by Mr Kiely’s “passion and drive” when he was contacted about the idea of the charity event.
“The Walk of Life has proven to be an outstanding success and everyone can be very proud of what they have done. Raising €75,000 is an outstanding achievement and once again the people of Limerick have delivered,” he said.
“When Martin first made contact with me and told me about his plans to have a Walk of Life I was struck by his passion and drive and I got the early sense that this could be very good but little did I think that it would be such a major success. Every project needs a leader and in this regard Martin and his team have delivered in such a special way for Milford Hospice.
“I can assure everyone that the funds will be put to good use, we are faced with many challenges but getting such a major sum of money as this will play a huge part in assisting us to do our very best for those who use our services. What amazed me about the Walk of Life was the way Martin got people in so many areas involved and that to me was the great success of the project,” Mr Quinlan concluded.