On the back of their team’s recent bronze medal win at the European Race Walking Cup in the Czech Republic, race-walkers Rob Heffernan and Alex Wright “stepped up to the mark” to officially launch this year’s ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ charity walk in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.
The annual 22km walk will take place on Sunday, July 16th from The Viaduct on the N71, Cork to the Town Hall in Bandon, with a starting point in Innishannon for those who want a shorter route; and will raise funds for the Mercy Cancer Appeal. Details are available now at www.makeyourmark.ie.
This is the 5th year of the walk which was started in memory of Cork man, Mark Prendergast who lost his battle with testicular cancer in June 2012. In 2013, the group of Mark’s family and friends came together again to resurrect a popular charity walk from the Viaduct to Bandon under the new name of the ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ charity walk, and to date they have raised approx. €200,000 for cancer services at the Mercy University Hospital.
This dedicated group is committed to making a difference, raising funds and awareness for cancer patients and their families from all over Munster, and it is hoped that this year’s fundraising efforts will hit the €1/4 million mark. A plaque honouring ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ was recently unveiled at a ceremony in Bandon, and a special thank you was extended to the walk’s organising committee, as well as everyone who has supported the campaign in any way at all – be it participating in it or sponsoring it, for their unwavering support over the years.
Encouraging people to participate this July, Damien Prendergast, Mark’s brother and Chairman of the organising committee said “Our aim this year is to reach the €250,000 milestone. This would be a fantastic achievement for the group in a very short time, and we encourage the people of Bandon, and further afield to join us on July 16th, and make this dream a reality for ‘Make your Mark on Cancer’.”