Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jim Long donated €1,000 to Simon Baker’s “One Step at a Time” challenge at a reception for him last week, bringing the total amount raised to around €10,000 for Childline and the ISPCC in Limerick.
The money is a help for an organisation that requires nearly €5 million a year to run nationally, but Simon explained that the organisation thanked him for immeasurably increasing their profile as a result of his walk from Dublin to Limerick - on just one leg.
Caroline O’Sullivan, director of services with ISPCC was on hand in the mayor’s office to thank Simon and his team for his marvellous achievement in September, walking a staggering 257km over five days on one foot and a set of crutches, without the aid of his prosthetic leg.
“The director said that while the money was fantastic, it was really great that we raised their profile and created awareness of what they do,” explained the Castletroy man. “That is what it is all about, there are a lot of people out there that don’t realise what they do or even that they are the same charity.”
“It was a great challenge for me, but if people hadn’t come out on the roads to donate, it wouldn’t have been a success. It is not about me, it was about everyone who came out and donated and walked with us,” added Simon.
The mayor made the significant donation through his office and said that he was extremely keen to mark Simon’s “major achievement”.
“I wanted to mark his achievement - what he managed to achieve, you certainly don’t get too many people in the country or even the world walking that far on one leg,” explained Cllr Long.
“Anything that raises money for children is a bonus, it is a plus and it is a must, so I had no hesitation in stepping up to the mark there,” he added.
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