VIRTUAL WALKS: Committee Member Phyllis O’Sullivan and Cathal Walshe PRO with the Killarney Branch of Kerry Hospice Foundation are calling on members of the public to get involved in the virtual ‘Long Good Friday Walk’. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

 

The annual Good Friday Walk for the Kerry Hospice Foundation is back this year – but will be very different due to the ongoing restrictions. Last year, as the date was so close to the initial lockdown, organisers had no other option but to cancel the popular annual event.

However, this year they’ve decided to organise it as a virtual event and are calling on the support from locals for what is now being called the ‘Long Good Friday Walk’.

The walks have become synonymous with and greatly supported by many Kerry communities for over 20 years and in Killarney have been held in memory of Vivien O’Shea and Sheila McGillycuddy over the last number of years.

The walks will be done in the safety of a 5km radius, while adhering to all Government guidelines and can be done anytime between now and the end date, Good Friday, April 2.

“Sadly, because of the restrictions we were unable to organise the walk last year,” Pat Doolan, Chair of the local branch, said. “Now, a year later, with the restrictions still in place, we have decided to do something different. We are asking you to dust off the walking shoes and take to the local highways and byways. This year we also want to remember those of our benefactors and volunteers who have passed away.”

A donation page on www.iDonate.ie/LongGoodFriday, has been set up and participants can access it through their social media pages and website.

“For those of you who cannot access this page you can contact one of the Killarney Branch members listed below. We are currently entering year three of our three year pledge, in which we have to raise nearly €500,000 annually. These funds aid the running costs of the inpatient unit, the Day Unit and the services that they provide. They also help fund the wonderful home care services. We appreciate your generosity and your ongoing support.”

You can also donate directly to one of the following Killarney Branch members:
Pat Doolan 085 1543514, Phyllis O’Sullivan 087 1475364, Cathal Walshe 0861067752, and Dermot O’Reilly on 086 3159803.