Ronan Scully pictured with a group of Ethiopian children, on a visit to the country, last year. Image: Ronan Downes.
A charity fundraiser who is estimated to have raised over €20 million for good causes, will mark his landmark 50th birthday with a fundraising walk across Ireland, this month.
Gorta-Self Help Africa’s Ronan Scully is using his landmark birthday in March to do what he does best, as he aims to raise €20,000 for both his own charity and for Galway Rape Crisis Centre, with a ‘Bay to Bay’ walk from Dublin city centre to his home in Galway.
The charity walk will enable him to celebrate two memorable milestones too, as Ronan is also using the occasion to mark 25 years in the world of international development and charity.
Having worked for a number of years with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, Ronan Scully then spent more than a decade in India, Nepal, Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone with Irish-based humanitarian organisation GOAL, before taking up his current role as business development coordinator in the West of Ireland with Gorta-Self Help Africa.
In the past 15 years he estimates that he has generated in excess of €20 million for these, and other worthwhile causes.
The upcoming 250 km trip will start from the Gorta-Self Help Africa’s Dublin headquarters on Monday, March 27 next, and will conclude with a 5k charity walk on the promenade in Salthill, Galway, on Saturday afternoon at 3pm on April 1. All are welcome to join him in Salthill for this event, and registration for the wall will take place at Claddagh Hall on that morning.
Offaly-born Ronan will be joined at different stages of the walk by family, friends and supporters, while staff from Galvin’s Menswear in Tullamore, are amongst those who have signed up to join him along the route.
A former RTE Operation Transformation finalist, Ronan Scully has organized races, walks, climbs, social events, charity galas, and fundraising expeditions too numerous to mention through the years, and even undertook a hike to the North Pole in aid of various charities, a number of years ago.
Ronan is also currently arranging a charity hike for Gorta-Self Help Africa along the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela at the end of May, and will bring a party of close to 30 supporters of that charity on a trip to Ethiopia, later this year.
Paying tribute to all who have supported him in his efforts over the past 25 years, Ronan Scully said that the upcoming cross-country walk would give him a chance to say thank you to the many people who had supported him in his work with some of the poorest people on our planet.
“The Irish people are amongst the most generous people in the world. I feel very blessed and humbled to be able to do what I do, and to know that so many people have been willing to give their time, their hard earned money and their efforts to support a host of good causes”, he said.
Participants are welcome to join Ronan at any stage along the route, or to donate directly to his appeal by visiting www.selfhelpafrica. org or go directly to his events page by visiting https:// selfhelpafrica.org/ie/ baytobay/.