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August 02, 2012

Teens Walk 310K in aid of Save Our Sons and Daughters

Completed last year Starting this Thursday 2nd August, 10 young men (16-18) will attempt to walk from Cork to Drogheda in 8 days in aid of local suicide prevention charity SOSAD. 4 of the participants were part of a team of 6 which walked from Drogheda to Galway (214k) last year; 3 made it.

SOSAD was set up in Drogheda when a student of St. Marys Diocesan school committed suicide, the same school which all of the walkers attend(ed). Last year 2000 euro was raised by the walkers for the understaffed charity and they hope to raise even more this year.

People can donate on our page under "Cork to Drogheda walk for SOSAD".

The walk will take 8 days, the route: Cork..Fermoy..Cahir..Thurles..Abbyleix..Kildare..Maynooth..Swords..Drogheda).

Each night the walkers will stay in B&B's paid for by SOSAD. On average 40k will be walked every day with days 4 and 5 being the longest at over 45k.

Last year half the team dropped out due to injuries such as dislocated knees and dehydration; we hope more participants will complete the walk this year as the distances to be covered per day are shorter. Last year  110k was walked in 2 days (Mullingar to Loughrea).

Last year the money was raised by the co-operation and fundraising of 4 other Drogheda based secondary schools as well as generous donations from companies such as Flo-gas, Coca Cola and Centra, as well as awareness raised by Newstalk, Dublin FM, Dundalk FM and LMFM.

Unfortunately due to many of the walkers being preoccupied with leaving cert exams, we have not recieved as much in sponsorship this year, making individual donations through the page all the more vital.

As a fundraising event there will be a sponsored walk from Julianstown Co.Meath to Drogheda on 8/9/12, the final day of the Cork to Drogheda walk, the idea being that people pay 10 euro a head and walk the last 7km into Drogheda with the walkers. People are to meet at 5.00 at the communal gardensin Julianstown; it is hoped the evening will be very enjoyable for families and friends while raising awareness and money for a great cause.

The walkers will be staying in Kildare on the evening of August 6th. Please give them your support.