Hospice walk in memory of loved ones to raise vital funds
By Mary O’connor
People are invited to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one by taking part in the Galway Hospice’s eighth annual Galway Memorial Walk.
The event, which will take place on Sunday September 8 at noon, is from the Claddagh Hall to Blackrock and return - a distance of 6.5km.
The memorial walk is Galway Hospice’s biggest fundraising event of the year and, since its inception in 2006, it has raised a staggering €1.1 million to help maintain fundamental services.
People who take part in the event do so in memory of a deceased family member, friend or work colleague with many participants wearing the name of their loved one on specially personalised tee-shirts.
“The Galway Memorial Walk has become a very special and unique annual event for the people of Galway city and county,” said Galway Hospice chief executive Sean O’Healy.
“What people remark on most of all is how personal and uplifting the event is for them. It is truly a celebration of life, honouring deceased family members and friends in a uniquely personal yet public manner.”
Michael Craig, fundraising manager, says proceeds from the walk go directly towards funding Galway Hospice’s home care and day care services which cost in the region of €1.5 million per annum.
“Without the continuing generosity of the people of Galway these services would simply cease to exist.”