Old Ken­mare Road Walk raises funds for MS South Kerry Branch

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SIX­TEEN years later and the Old Ken­mare Walk re­mains as pop­u­lar as ever with peo­ple de­ter­mined to do their bit to raise funds for a wor­thy cause.

Or­gan­ised by the MS South Kerry Branch, the walk­ers en­joyed an­other mem­o­rable morn­ing travers­ing through the scenic sur­rounds of Ken­mare and Torc in Kil­lar­ney.

More im­por­tantly, this walk has helped to raise in ex­cess of €300,000 since it started – funds that are badly needed for MS suf­fer­ers in the re­gion.

Over 250 walk­ers added an­other mem­o­rable foot­note to this great event on Sun­day last. It is an event made pos­si­ble thanks to a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who put their shoul­ders to the wheel.

John O’Shea is one such per­son who helps out with the fundrais­ing as­pect every year and he thanked O’Cal­laghan’s Coaches, The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue, O’Sul­li­van’s Out­door Shop, and Or­der of Malta for mak­ing the day pos­si­ble.

“We are de­lighted with it and the weather held up as well which was is al­ways a bonus,” said John.

“We had walk­ers tak­ing part from as far away as Dublin and Tipperary. When they heard about the walk they came to it and en­joyed it down to the ground. We don’t know yet what the fi­nal to­tal raised is as the money is still be­ing counted. I want to thank all the walk­ers, many of whom come back every year. It’s one of the big fundrais­ers in the year for MS South Kerry Branch, who don’t re­ceive any ex­tra fund­ing from government,” he said.

Pho­tos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Maura Casey, Sa­van­nah Rec­tor, Shan­non O’Sul­li­van, Joan O’Leary, Jerry O’Con­nor, Jack, Don­nacha and Diane O’Leary par­tic­i­pat­ing in the An­nual Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Walk.

Tim Long, Donie Mulc­ahy, Bishop Ray Browne, John O’Shea and Bri­die Mur­phy par­tic­i­pat­ing in the An­nual Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Walk from The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Sun­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Jerry, Conor and Siob­han Hayes par­tic­i­pat­ing in the An­nual Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Walk from The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Sun­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Mark and Pat O’Neill par­tic­i­pat­ing in the An­nual Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Walk from The Gle­nea­gle Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney on Sun­day.

James and Frances O’Con­nor.

Theresa Kis­sane and Anne Big­gane.

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