Charity walk raises £12,000

Colin O’Neill

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Colin O’Neill

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Colin.ONeill@newrydemocrat.com

MARK Murnin’s charity 66 mile walking challenge has raised an estimated £12,000 for his three nominated charities.

The outgoing Chairman wanted to raise money for his chosen charities - NI Air Ambulance; Newry Gateway and Glebe House - and proposed this innovative three-day walk event earlier in the year.

“I’m very grateful to the Council staff who took this idea and made it happen - developing a fantastic programme across the three days with Life Adventure,” he said.

“We wanted to showcase the beauty of this district walking from Slieve Gullion to Delamont Park across the three days and it’s been a fantastic experience for me.

“A number of local business have sponsored the event and individuals who made personal donations and I’d like to thank them again for their support.

“I am especially delighted that so many schools took up the opportunity to walk 3milesfor£3 to support the initiative, get active and make a donation to three very worthy charities.

“The Community Safety Partnership and the Council’s Take 5 initiative also sponsored goodie bags and medals for all the participating children,” Mark added.

Across the three days, Chairman Mark Murnin was joined by 12 local schools some 400 children/teachers, representatives from all three charities, supporters, Council colleagues and the President of Newry Chamber of Commerce Paul Convery.

Chairman Murnin said: “I am delighted that, at present, our fundraising total is in excess of £12k for these important local charities.”

A final total is expected to be released next week.

The three-day event culminated with a Party in the Park in Delamont Park with live music and family entertainment to greet the walkers as they completed their 66 mile Chairman’s Charity Walk challenge.

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