‘Walk with wheels’ in memory of Limerick man

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Launching the Alan Scanlon memorial walk with wheels this Sunday, May 25 at 1pm in George's Quay are Gerard O'Grady, Ellen Kirby, Neil Foley, Locke Bar, sponsor, Trevor Ryan,Trevor Kennedy, Claire Keyes, Ann Enright. Picture: Mike Cowhey
THE POPULARITY of runs, walks and cycles has really gathered pace in recent years.

THE POPULARITY of runs, walks and cycles has really gathered pace in recent years.

Unfortunately not everyone can take part in the many events run in our county and city.

So the Limerick branch of Enable Ireland came up with the brilliant idea of organising a walk with wheels this Sunday, May 25 in Limerick city.

Ann Enright, of Enable Ireland, says participants can walk with wheelchairs, buggies, small bikes, roller blades or on foot.

The event is in memory of the late Alan Scanlon, Raheen. He certainly would have been at the start line at 1pm beside the Locke Bar with a broad smile on his face.

“Alan was a service user of Enable Ireland for more than twenty years. He was a huge presence and his smile greeted us all as we came to work each morning,” said Ms Enright.

Sadly Alan passed away suddenly at the end of last November. The staff and all his friends at Enable Ireland’s adult day services centre in Quinn’s Cross, Mungret, miss him terribly.

“We are hosting the charity walk this Sunday in Alan’s memory. We invite everyone to come along and enjoy a 4k walk with wheels around the scenic river Shannon in Limerick city,” said Ms Enright.

The Locke Bar in George’s Quay is generously sponsoring the event and the walk will start there at 1pm and also finish there.

You can register on the day - €10 per adult and children are free. Or if you have a sponsorship card you can take part for free. Contact Enable Ireland on 061 301830 for cards.

Enable Ireland was a huge part of Alan’s life and even in his passing he is continuing to support them because all the funds raised will go into the Limerick branch’s building fund.

An independent living unit and adult respite facility is currently being planned in Castleconnell.

Enable Ireland’s mission is to enable those who use their services to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in their communities.

“We will do this by offering a range of services and supports of the highest quality, in line with the needs and wishes of the service users and in active partnership with them,” they say.

Enable Ireland covers all ages from childhood to adulthood. Their expert teams work with individuals and their families to produce a life plan for each stage of their development.

These services cover all the needs of the individual including their physical needs, education and their social development from early infancy. Adult service users are offered a range of services including assistance with personal development, independent living, supported employment, social and leisure activities.

Enable Ireland are hoping for a big crowd on Sunday for the walk with wheels event to help them continue to give the support Alan thrived down.

On Sunday he will certainly be smiling down from above.