100km Camino walk for local charities

Sun Jun 24th 2012

Local primary school teacher and Longford Town FC secretary Carmel Browne is embarking on a 100km sponsored walk this week. The walk is from Santiago to Finisterre in Spain and is part of the Camino De Santiago Route.

Carmel will be walking 100km in four days (This is almost the equivalent of a marathon each day for four consecutive days!).

All sponsorship raised for the walk will go to two local charities:

Larcc Cancer Centre, Multifarnham and Irish Autism Action (IAA), Mullingar.

Training for the event started last January and has been going very well. Unfortunately recent weather in Longford hasn’t been very helpful in preparing for walking in temperatures of 28- 32 degrees in Spain! However wearing plenty of layers of clothing, helped to work up a sweat.

Carmel is very grateful to those who have donated sponsorship money to the two very worthy causes to date. Anyone wishing to sponsor the walk or make a donation to either charity can do so by contacting the charities directly or by texting Carmel on 085 8411568.

Donations will also be gratefully accepted at Longford Town FC’s next home game at Flancare Park on Saturday July 7th.

Larcc Cancer Centre

Larcc is a Cancer Centre support centre located in Multifarnham, co. Westmeath

At Larcc they endeavour to give support and holistic help to people living with cancer. A supportive environment is provided in which patients and family members can participate in courses, obtain information and experience complementary therapies. The centre is run by a full time nursing staff with a Board od Directors comprising of cancer patients, their families friends and healthcare professionals. At the centre people with a cancer diagnosis are helped cope with their illness and enhance the quality of their lives. The centre is seen as a place of Retreat, Reflection and Recovery. It’s a “safe place to talk”.

Irish Autism Action

Irish Autism Action is a young dynamic, innovative and passionate organisation formed in 2001 which is bringing positive change into the lives of those affected by autism. The range of services which Irish Autism Action provides includes awareness raising, early detection diagnosis, education support, advocacy, counselling, helpline, home based support, transition planning, social housing, research information and advice for families upon receiving diagnosis.

Irish Autism Action is an umbrella organisation with over 40 member groups and also individual members. Our members range from the 13 Special Schools for Children with Autism to local support groups and are located in practically every county in Ireland. We have set up Ireland’s first National Diagnostic and Assessment Centre known as Solas which is based in Dublin. In April 2009 we launched our National Autism Helpline which is operated by parents. It is Ireland’s first autism helpline which provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support for people with an autistic spectrum disorder, their families and professionals.

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