Sign up for the Camino

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ARK­LOW-BASED chil­dren’s char­ity The Guardian Project is call­ing on vol­un­teers to sign up and walk the sa­cred Camino route to raise much needed funds.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the or­gan­i­sa­tion - which pro­vides sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing parental sep­a­ra­tion, di­vorce or be­reave­ment - hopes to send at least 20 vol­un­teers to walk 110km to San­ti­ago de Com­postela in North Western Spain.

The Camino walk is a world fa­mous pil­grim­age and has been com­pleted by mil­lions of pil­grims for the last 1000 years. It is a spir­i­tual jour­ney and a great per­sonal chal­lenge to com­plete this trek through stun­ning Span­ish coun­try­side.

The Guardian Project opened its doors on the Wex­ford Road in Ark­low in 2010 and since then has pro­vided ser­vices to over 200 chil­dren. Last year alone, over 240 hours of ther­apy were made avail­able to chil­dren free of charge.

Their Rain­bows child be­reave­ment coun­selling pro­gramme is com­pletely free of charge and all other ser­vices are pro­vided by trained pro­fes­sion­als who vol­un­teer their time and ex­per­tise to The Guardian Project.

If the group reaches its €20,000 tar­get through the Camino chal­lenge it is hoped that fur­ther train­ing can be pro- vided for vol­un­teers who can help par­ents go­ing through sep­a­ra­tion to sup­port their chil­dren.

It costs be­tween €25,000 and €30,000 just to keep the doors of The Guardian Project open ev­ery year so fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives such as the Camino trek are vi­tal to its sur­vival.

The or­gan­si­a­tion is ap­peal­ing to any­one who would like to lend their sup­port to sign up and get walk­ing for a good cause. To par­tic­i­pate it is asked that each vol­un­teer raises €1900 and The Guardian Project will sup­port them in their fundrais­ing.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion pleae call 0402 91477 or visit www.guardian­pro­ject.ie

Vol­un­teers who walked the Camino last year in aid of The Guardian Project in Ark­low.

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