John and Pat to canoe 75 miles for charity

In August 1988 Gerry Coyle from Athleague and Charlie Clarke of Fuerty canoed the length of the River Suck to raise money for a local charity. On September 15th, almost twenty years later, Athleague men John Burns and Pat Glennon are once again to take up the challenge and canoe the 75 mile stretch to raise funds for Mukuru Promotion Centre, which fights poverty in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Sister Mary Killeen is to prioritise the administration of funds but among the projects to benefit are an education and sports programme for homeless street children, a community health programme as well as the supply of basic sanitary material to hapless prisoners. Sister Killeen has earned the admiration of Kenyans and her Irish supporters alike through her trojan efforts in helping the poor in the slums of Nairobi. On the original voyage Gerry and Charlie raised £3,000 for Iona House, a care centre run by retired nurse Maloney who catered for dependent patients coming out of hospital — t hough farther afield it is hoped people will show the same support to Sister Mary Killeen in her efforts to alleviate poverty in the slums of Nairobi. The Challenge is to take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. The voyage will begin in Lough O’Flynn, and pass via Castlerea, Ballymoe, Donamon, Castlecoote, Castlestrange, Athleague, Ballyforan, Ballinasloe and dock in Shannonbridge. The canoeists will be collecting sponsorship in the run-up to the event and will be making a few strategic stops along the way. Apparently tradition demands that Daltons and a few other watering holes be paid a visit along the way! Please give your support by sponsoring a canoeist. Alternatively if anyone is interested in taking part in the Mukuru Canoe Challenge and raising funds for this worthwhile cause please contact Pat Glennon on (087) 3282195.