A record number of people took part in this years’ annual GOAL Mile on Christmas day.
Events across the county, including in CIT, Ballynoe, and Doneraile in Cork drew in large crowds, while some events have still yet to take place on New Year's Day, including in Kanturk.
Now in its 38th year the GOAL Mile is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running annual fundraising events, and is part of the Christmas routine of many people both young and old.
GOAL Miles also took place abroad in Houston, Texas, in Poland, in Umea in Sweden and with the Defence Forces in the Golan Heights.
GOAL CEO Siobhan Walsh thanked everybody for going the extra mile for GOAL over the Christmas period: “The widespread support of the people of Ireland for the GOAL Mile embodies the true spirit of Christmas. I would like to thank the thousands of people who started their Christmas day thinking of others. I am so grateful to every single person, who took the time to support the work of GOAL.
“The GOAL Mile is now in its 38th year and has become a special and important tradition for families and communities. People come together and connect in a very special way and it’s wonderful to witness caring in action on such a large scale,” she said.
“Far from Home is the theme of our Xmas Campaign this year. I am grateful to all of the GOAL workers who are far from home this Christmas caring for the millions of people who are displaced from their homelands through war, conflict, drought and extreme poverty. The Christmas GOAL mile is much more than an event. It is a very powerful reminder that the people of Ireland will always go the extra mile and in doing so, help create a better world,” Ms Walsh added.
Last year GOAL reached more than 5.5 million people in need around the world, including those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria; running nutrition programmes saving the lives of infants under six months in refugee camps in Ethiopia and providing ongoing emergency response to thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe.
The Kanturk GOAL Mile takes place at 11am on New Year's Day.