Seventeen year old Dan Magan from Killashee is about to undertake a major challenge to raise funds for victims of famine in Somalia. On Monday August 8, Dan will travel from the Royal Canal in Dublin to Richmond Harbour – by canoe.
“I was watching the news about Somalia and I just think it’s our duty to do something about it because our own country suffered a famine and we don’t want other people to go through that when there’s something we can do,” Dan explained.
Dan, a student at the Convent of Mercy in Ballymahon and about to begin his Leaving Cert year, is determined to complete the course and is inviting anyone that is willing to join him on the journey. “The trail is about 147km and I’m hoping to cover it in about four days. Anyone can join in. All they have to do is meet up when I start at 9a.m. The charity is important and anyone who pledges money can be guaranteed that it will go straight to where it’s needed in Somalia” Dan added.
The website Dan created, entitled ‘My Charity.ie’, contains the crucial links that allow the public to make their online offerings and also details the origins and functions of the website. “When you go on to the home page, there is a direct link that lets you sponsor me. It’s fairly straight forward once you go on to the page” Dan said.
In a similar scenario to that of his marathon exploits, Dan has invested little training time into this project but is certain that the result will be the same as his marathon performance produced. “I haven’t really done that much training really. I know what route I’m taking though and I’ll be joined by some cyclists and runners along the way and my uncle will be with me for the early stages of it”.
The cyclists he is referring to are his parents, Louise and Dan who are immensely proud of what their son is about to embark on. “When he told us about what he was doing we were really proud of him and we know that he’ll see it through. He’s just home from Blanchardstown where he bought a new paddle and their both focused on raising as much funds for Somalia as possible” his mother expressed happily.
Dan will be holding a fundraiser in Magan’s Bar in Killashee on Saturday to raise funds for famine victims in Somalia on Saturday night, August 6.