Army pulling power to help char­i­ties

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

MEM­BERS OF Wex­ford’s Army Bar­racks will take part in an ar­tillery gun pull for char­ity later this month.

The group of 30 to 40 sol­diers, from the 3rd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion, will work in teams of six to pull the gun from En­nis­cor­thy to Wex­ford, to raise money for two or­gan­i­sa­tions - the Jack and Jill Foun­da­tion, and the Marie Keat­ing Foun­da­tion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both char­i­ties re­cently at­tended a launch for the event which was held in Wex­ford Army Bar­racks.

The event takes place on Septem­ber 22, start­ing at 10 a.m. and Comdt Enda McDonald ex­plained that each mem­ber had a spon­sor­ship card while they were also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to do­nate di­rectly to the char­i­ties.

‘We chose th­ese two char­i­ties be­cause of per­sonal rel­e­vance. One of our mem­bers was suf­fer­ing from can­cer and an­other mem­ber’s child has been sick so we chose both of th­ese char­i­ties in sol­i­dar­ity with them.’

He ex­plained that a gun pull of this type hadn’t been done since the 1990s, ex­plain­ing that the gun was an an­tique unit and newer ar­tillery guns were a lot heav­ier.

Cmdt McDonald ex­pects the pull to take around five hours at a steady pace, point­ing out that he had walked 20k with scouts dur­ing the sum­mer and that had taken around four hours. The group will pull the gun in full mil­i­tary re­galia.

They plan to start in the ALDI carpark in En­nis­cor­thy at 10 a.m., pro­ceed through the town, across the bridge and on to Wex­ford where they will make their way through the town and back to their bar­racks.

The key aim is to raise funds and aware­ness of the two na­tion­wide char­i­ties.

‘We just want to do as much as we can for the char­i­ties. It’s one lit­tle burst for a cou­ple of hours. You never know when you might need the help of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions.’

READY TO ROLL: Comdt Enda McDonald and mem­bers of E Com­pany 3rd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion with Aine Keat­ing and Fiona Sul­li­van of the Marie Keat­ing Foun­da­tion, and Becky and Bella Rose Fur­long rep­re­sent­ing the Jack & Jill Foun­da­tion.

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