Ballitubber 10k Walk for GOAL

The eleventh annual 10k Sponsored Walk in aid of GOAL takes place at Ballintubber, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon on St. Stephen’s Day. The proceeds of this year’s Walk will go towards GOAL’s programmes in the Developing World.    Last year’s Walk raised over €47,000 in assisting GOAL’s Humanitarian work specifically in Sudan. A crowd of over 300 people took part.    The walk, which begins at 12.30 p.m. at the Church Car Park, Ballintubber will be led through the village of Ballintubber by The Castlerea Brass & Reed Band.      ‘2007 marks a special year for the Ballintubber GOAL Walk as it marks our eleventh annual St. Stephen’s Day Walk’, the chairperson John Boyle said. ‘This is a real community effort and I want to thank everyone, especially Benny O’Connell, of Benny’s Restaurant, Michael Guthrie of Finola Foods, Dun Carraig Mineral Water and Gilmartin’s Cash & Carry, Castlerea, the Castlerea Brass & Reed Band and the local media for their generous coverage and support. And of course thanks also to all the people who are planning on participating, the sponsors and the great army of voluntary helpers of which all of them contribute to the ongoing success of the event.   ‘In excess of €222,000 has been raised over the years for GOAL through the Ballintubber GOAL Walk and hopefully the funds raised this year will bring it over the  € ¼ million mark.’   The walk will take participants from Ballintubber, across 10km of the surrounding countryside. The starting line will be St. Bride’s Church Car Park, Ballintubber and this year the Walk will pass through Enfield, Carane, Killerr, Ashpark, Rathcarren and Ballyfinnegan before returning to Ballintubber. As in previous years Kenny’s public house, Ballintubber will be the scene of the post walk gathering at which there will be a raffle for prizes for participants who return their sponsorship cards on the day including a Weekend Away for Two at an Irish Hotel. After the Walk, Benny O’Connell, of Benny’s Deli, Lower Main Street, Castlerea, will be dispensing  nourishing food and good cheer to all participants.   Extending his thanks to the effort been put in at present by the organisers of this years St. Stephens Day walk in Ballintubber, Ronan Scully of GOAL said that the Ballintubber walk was a very worthwhile event, ‘not only because of the money it raises, but also because it gives participants a chance to show their solidarity with the poorest people on earth.’   Anyone wishing to take part in the walk or help in any other way is asked to phone Ronan Scully, GOAL West of Ireland Office, Galway at (091) 587901 or (087) 6189094. Sponsorship cards are available from  Lennon’s Shop, Ballintubber,  Stephen Treacy’s Shop, Castlerea  Imelda Devaney (086) 3746761, Mary Keegan (087) 7613187, Martin Casey (087) 6995807, Carmel Shanagher (086) 8634531, Tom Goodwin (086) 3777956 and John Boyle (087) 6388116.