Hundreds of people are expected to participate in a charity event organised by the family and friends of mother-of-three Breda Gallagher-Friel who lost her 5-year battle with cancer in August last year.
The event 'Walk and Talk for B' will take place on Saturday, June 11. The walk will begin in Newtoncunningham, where Breda, her husband Karol and their children lived and will end 80km away at Breda’s homeplace at Inver Bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
Breda Gallagher-Friel was well known throughout the community and loved nothing more than going for a walk and talk something her husband Karol hopes to encourage people to do more often: “We hope this event motivates and encourages people to do two of the most basic things: walk and talk to each other. Breda was a huge advocate of getting out walking with people, meeting up with friends and she always encouraged people to talk about and share their feelings. Breda was so proud to be from Inver and loved having the beach on her doorstep, so it will be great to get as many people there as possible on the day to celebrate her life with all the tea and gin in the world.”
The 80-kilometre walk can be undertaken in a number of ways such as singles, teams and virtually from any location. Karol said: “We’ve all been trying to get in as many steps in the lead-up to the event as possible. We have a Strava account, and we can keep track of all the steps people are doing for the cause and we can see people are challenging themselves. We don’t expect people to complete the whole challenge on their own and are hoping people take part in relay teams.”
The funds raised will go to Cancer Care West, Donegal Hospice, Marie Keating Foundation, Solace Donegal and The Good and New Cancer Charity. A host of well-known faces have been supporting the event with a series of videos posted on social media from Daniel O’Donnell, Noel Cunningham and Danny Quigley.
Due to the high numbers, registration is now closed for the event, however, donations can still be made at https://www.walkandtalkforb.com/
“Not only do we want to raise much-needed funds for a range of cancer support charities, but our mission is also to support each other and get out walking and talking for our mental health. We would love to see people just getting out more and being more active and we hope to build a walk and talk community in B’s memory that will continue long after the walk on Saturday, June 11,” Karol said.
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