A major fundraising drive in aid of three Cork charities has reached over half of its target with communities, businesses and GAA clubs coming together in support of the cause.
A total of €37,000 of the Caring for Cork fundraising goal of €60,000 has been met and the challenge has been extended until September to allow more communities to get involved.
The funds raised will be split evenly between the three charities CUH Charity Cork University Hospital, Marymount Hospice and Cork Simon Community.
Funds raised for CUH Charity will go toward the provision of a wide range of life-changing and life-saving equipment, facilities and services to patients attending the hospitals.
Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, which is celebrating 150 years, will use the funds to provide care for people with life-limiting illness through hospice services, and Cork Simon Community will continue to support vulnerable men and women from all walks of life who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Individuals, families, businesses, sporting organisations and communities have been taking on the Cork Camino Challenge to help raise the much needed funds which has seen people walk, run and cycle the equivalent of the 110km Camino Ingles in Spain on home soil in Cork.
Chairperson of the Caring for Cork committee, William O’Brien said that the challenge is something which is much bigger than fundraising and has brought communities together.
Speaking to The Echo, he said: “There’s a huge sense of community coming out of it for people participating.
“In Copper Valley Heights in Glanmire, one of the women had a WhatsApp group and asked would anyone be interested in doing the Cork Camino challenge and the other 14 women in the group all said they’d love to. Five of these women hadn't met their neighbours really and six had never jogged in their life so they started off with a couch to 5km three nights a week.
“Two weeks ago they presented a cheque to me for €1,700 on the night they finished and there was such a sense of community,, they got t-shirts made up with Copper Valley Rockettes on them which is what they call themselves, it was lovely,” he said.
Local GAA clubs have also got involved and CField Construction organised a day out in Coachford which saw suppliers, friends and neighbours show up to take part in either a 5km or 10km walk from Coachford GAA Club, or a 50km or 100km cycle in aid of all three charities.
“It has far exceeded our expectations. €37,000 has been pledged, €27,000 on the iDonate page and a bunch of cheques too,” said Mr O’Brien.
“If people are reading this in their sitting room and are in a WhatsApp group, just throw it in there and try it. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours too and for people living in housing estates around the whole county of Cork to get involved in,” he said.
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