On Saturday, July 20, four Longford lads set off on an epic journey, canoeing down the River Shannon to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
The four college lads wanted to do something different for the summer, explains their friend Brontë Fitzmaurice. One of the group had already canoed the Royal Canal for charity, so the Shannon Challenge seemed like the natural follow on from that adventure.
Giving themselves 10 days to complete the task, Daniel Magan from Killashee, Niall Casserly from Newtowncashel and Niall Noonan and Owen Coughlan, both from Ballymahon, set off from the Shannon Pot, canoeing through lakes and camping on the river beds before reaching their destination - the Shannon Estuary in Limerick. They each enjoyed their journey, and Brontë explains that the trip, covering over 250km, only took 8 days, rather than the planned 10, something that the group was very proud of.
The boys wish to thank everyone for their generosity and support, particularly Alex Stanley from the Outdoor Discovery Adventure Company in Ballymahon who supplied the group with kayaks.
Along with canoeing the Shannon, a number of fundraisers were also held, including a summer camp which raised more than €200 and a fundraising night which took place in Skelly’s, Ballymahon, on Saturday, August 3. There was music by a number of bands and singers in Skelly’s on Saturday, along with a barbeque and a raffle, with prizes sponsored by Ballymahon businesses.
More than €3,000 has been raised so far, with the final total to be announced next week. Donations can still be made through the my charity website at www.mycharity.ie/event/canoeing_for_cancer.