The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor John Sheehan and Olympic and World Championship legend Rob Heffernan have teamed up to raise funds for three well-known Cork charities.
The fundraising initiative in aid of Cork City University Hospital, Marymount Hospice and Cork Simon Community was launched today and is expected to raise in excess of €60,000.
Members of the public, businesses, and sporting organisations are being asked to take on the Cork Camino Challenge to raise the much needed funds.
Thousands of people head to Spain each year to walk the Camino de Santiago with the aim of fulfilling a personal ambition.
This year, locals are being asked to walk, run or cycle the equivalent of the 110km length of the Camino Ingles around Cork city and county during the months of June and July.
Speaking at the launch of the Cork Camino Challenge, the Lord Mayor said that the three chosen local charities “are supporting both frontline workers and people living on the fringes of society”.
He said that he has “no doubt that the people of Cork will rise to this challenge”.
Mr Heffernan encouraged the people of Cork who “have always been generous and creative” to get involved in the challenge over the next couple of months.
“In spite of the current physical distancing and travel restrictions, I know that they will get fully behind the fundraising drive,” he said.
Individuals taking part are asked to set a personal target of raising €50 as a minimum, while clubs, teams and businesses are encouraged to raise a minimum of €500 through their fundraising efforts.
Chairman of Caring for Cork, William O’Brien, said that charities have been “severely hit” as a result of Covid-19 and their inability to host usual fundraising events at a time when there is a greater demand for their services.
“These organisations do a wonderful job in supporting the sick and the marginalised in our society and the Cork Camino Challenge gives us all an opportunity to show our appreciation and our gratitude for the work they do,” he said.
Participants are being encouraged to post photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #CaringForCork.