A Cork hurling club is taking on the challenge of running from Mizen Head to Malin Head in aid of Cuan Mhuire Addiction Centre in Farnanes.
Both the players and members of management of the U21, Junior and Intermediate teams at Cloughduv Hurling Club will cover a total of 1,010km over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
A total of 50 players and management will take part in the two-day charity run which will see them run two 12 hour days, each taking turn to run for one hour each.
Cloughduv Hurling Club player who initiated the charity run, Kevin Walsh, said that “three or four” people will be running at any one time from their own localities and all people taking part will be adhering to the Government restrictions surrounding Covid-19.
The Aherla man said that the kilometres will be clocked up at the end of the two days and said that hopefully the team effort will see them make it “all the way up and back down again”.
Mr Walsh said that the idea stemmed from wanting to get the team involved in something that would challenge them while also doing good within the locality by getting behind a local charity.
“Cuan Mhuire is on our doorstep and within the parish so I thought that it was a good fit. They all need support during this time and the fact that we have more time on our hands too, we might as well use it for a good cause and put it towards something while also trying to achieve something as a club.” The funds will be going toward their centre which supports women with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The centre has a total of 42 bed capacity. 34 rehabilitation beds and eight detoxification beds, two of which are for methadone detox.
In 2019, the centre had a total of 243 admission to its treatment facility.
“Funds will be used for everything from the day to day running of the facility to the 24 hour, seven days a week service that they provide too,” said Mr Walsh.
The club has also been involved in the delivering of groceries to cocooning elderly locals in the community alongside the local Centra shop.
Secretary of the club, Anne O’Riordan, has been heavily involved in the distributing of essentials to people in the community over the last number of weeks.
Mr Walsh said that the community initiative is the least the club can do at a time when people are available to help and do what they can to support others.
“It’s happening everywhere, it’s not just GAA clubs, loads of different community initiatives are being set up to try and show support to those that are more vulnerable and those in need, we have this time so let’s put it to good use.
“There’s so many times during the year that you're too busy, and everyone is too busy so this is a perfect time where everyone is at home and everyone’s around and can get behind and involved in something that they can all be proud of,” he said.
To support the club’s charity run, visit here.