Senator Murphy embarks on novel charity fundraiser

Plans to walk 10km – backwards!

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy is embarking on a novel fundraising event this July by attempting to walk 10km backwards across Sliabh Bawn – all in aid of local charities.

Backstepping 10km across Sliabh Bawn mountain outside Strokestown is no easy feat but the Fianna Fáil Senator is taking on this novel task as a fundraiser for The Hub Community Café in Strokestown and the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre in Ballinasloe.

The event is due to take place on Saturday, 4th of July and social distancing guidelines will be in place as Senator Murphy embarks on his mission with a cohort of supporters.

“We have all heard of backstabbing in politics, well this is a new one with backstepping across a mountain,” laughed Senator Murphy. “But it’s all in good jest and in aid of two local charities,” he added.

The fundraiser is in aid of two charities close to Senator Murphy’s heart namely the Hub Community Café in Strokestown and the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre in Ballinasloe.

“I know it might sound a little wacky walking 10km backwards across Sliabh Bawn but I decided to come up with a novel fundraiser to help some local charities as we all know that charities have been very badly hit due to Covid-19 and they have little or no income from fundraising during these difficult times.

“I have been training hard every day and while I do get some strange looks from other walkers along the way when I explain what I am doing they are all very supportive,” laughed Senator Murphy.

The Hub Café in Strokestown is a community-owned social enterprise initiative which was established in 2012 for people with intellectual disabilities.

The East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre in Ballinasloe, formed in 2012, is a non-profit charitable organisation, which provides a network of psychological, emotional, and practical support for those diagnosed with cancer.

An online fundraising platform has been set up on ifundraise.ieat the following link