Sli­abh Breagh hike for Downs Syn­drome

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THE Down Syn­drome Cen­tre North East are about to em­bark on thier ‘Chal­lenge 21’ walk fol­low­ing their re­cent launch in the Sli­abh Beagh Ho­tel, Knock­atal­lon, Co. Mon­aghan.

The Chal­lenge is for par­tic­i­pants to ask 21 peo­ple to each spon­sor them €21 to walk through beau­ti­ful Sli­abh Beagh this Satur­day, Septem­ber 15. Al­ter­na­tively, you might de­cide to set up an on­line fundrais­ing plat­form such as ‘GoFundMe’ or per­haps 2 peo­ple may opt to buy one line at €10.50 each etc.

The raised funds will go to­wards the Down Syn­drome Cen­tre North East (DSCNE) which will pro­vide a fam­ily cen­tred, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to the delivery of es­sen­tial ser­vices, sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to in­di­vid­u­als with Down Syn­drome and their fam­i­lies in Coun­ties Mon­aghan, Ca­van, Louth & Meath.

The pro­ceeds from this event will be al­lo­cated to­wards the run­ning costs of this new cen- tre, which will open its doors in the C-Tec build­ing Car­rick­macross, Co Mon­aghan within the next few weeks.

One of the or­gan­is­ers be­hind the event, Gary Hall, opened the evening by wel­com­ing those in at­ten­dance, in­tro­duc­ing the event and thank­ing their main spon­sors ‘Ab­bott Nu­tri­tion’, as well as the many spon­sors who have since come on board to sup­port the event.

These in­cluded; The Sli­abh Beagh Ho­tel, Mon­aghan Sports Part­ner­ship, Bra­gan Wa­ter and Crowne Plaza Ho­tel, Dun­dalk who have of­fered up a fan­tas­tic prize of a week­end break for one lucky walker on the day. He also thanked those who got be­hind the me­dia cam­paign for the event by post­ing videos of sup­port on Face­book. This in­cluded, former IRFU star Tommy Bowe, Singer Marty Mone, North­ern Sounds Sean McCaf­frey, Louth Foot­ball Cap­tain Andy Mc­Don­nell, Dun­dalk FC Man­ager Stephen Kenny, Louth’s All Ire­land Ju­nior Ladies Fi­nal­ists, and the staff and play­ers from the Mon­aghan Se­nior Foot­ball team.

Fi­nally, he thanked Paddy Sherry, a mem­ber of the Knock­atal­lon Ram­blers, for help­ing to de­vise a chal­leng­ing, yet scenic and en­joy­able route through Sli­abh Beagh.

Paddy Sherry then talked through the planned 21km route, which will start and fin­ish at the Sli­abh Beagh Ho­tel.

The walk is graded as mod­er­ately dif­fi­cult, with a com­bi­na­tion of tar­mac roads / gravel lanes and some smaller sec­tions of forestry ter­rain. Walk­ing boots or strong, but ‘ bro­ken-in’ train­ers are highly rec­om­mended.

The walk will be guided by the Knock­atal­lon Ram­blers and is not a timed event. There will be two sched­uled stops with wa­ter/snack re­fresh­ments avail­able, but it is ad­vis­able that you bring your own packed lunch with you to keep you go­ing on your jour­ney.

There will be a hot buf­fet pro­vided af­ter­wards. The or­gan­is­ers will have plenty of mar­shals along the route as well as Civil de­fence, should they be needed.

To take part in the event, you must reg­is­ter on line at https:// bit.ly/2uyvdAB.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can email dscne.chal­lenge21@gmail.com to find out more about the event and re­ceive a link to the on­line reg­is­tra­tion page. Once reg­is­tered, you will re­ceive a wel­come pack in the post, which will in­clude more in­for­ma­tion on the walk, as well as a spon­sor­ship card.

Sign on will take place from 9.45am on the morn­ing of the event at the Sli­abh Beagh Ho­tel, were you will also re­ceive your com­ple­men­tary tee-shirt.

If you would like to find out more about the Down Syn­drome Cen­tre North East, please feel free to email them di­rectly down­syn­drome­cen­trene@gmail.com.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers, or­gan­is­ers and walk­ers of the Chal­lenge 21 hike which will take place over Sli­abh Breagh this Satur­day.

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