Heart of Galway Challenge to support Foróige Big Brother Big Sister

Andrea Gallagher, Kate Cameron and Mary Lynch, Foróige's Big Brother Big Sister Programme promoting the Heart of Galway Challenge Race.

Andrea Gallagher, Kate Cameron and Mary Lynch, Foróige's Big Brother Big Sister Programme promoting the Heart of Galway Challenge Race.

The Heart of Galway Challenge, which this year is raising funds for Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister programme, takes place this Sunday, along Shop Street, the Claddagh, and the Salthill promenade, from 12 noon.

The challenge is a 7km walk or jog along the above-mentioned route, involving a number of quirky challenges along the way. The event ends with refreshments and prize giving in 56 Central. A total of 150 people can take part, but places are filling up fast, so those interested in taking part are urged to sign up now. There is a €20 deposit to enter and each participant is asked to raise a further €80, all of which goes directly to the charity. The sign up is via Paypal, with the link on the Project Impact Facebook page or by emailing [email protected]

The Project Impact foundation, established by Pat Divilly, and a number of other Galwegians, aims to support existing charities. Its first project is to raise €12,000 for Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister programme. The fund will enable 100 young people and their Big Brother/Big Sister experience an adventure in an outdoor pursuits centre, with food/activities and accommodation covered.

“Due to cutbacks in funding we have been unable to host a national event in six years,” says Mary Lynch, senior youth officer for Foróige’s BBBS programme. “We are delighted and thankful for this opportunity of partnership with Project Impact and 56 Central, as it will help us raise the necessary funds to provide a unique opportunity for our young people to connect with other participants nationally, reinforce their own relationship with their Big Brother or Sister, and have an experience of a lifetime.”

Foróige’s BBBS programme is an internationally renowned youth mentoring programme which matches a young person with a caring adult volunteer. BBBS is looking for male and female volunteers to be matched to a young person. For more information see www.foroige.ie/bbbs or call 091 - 554420.

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