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GOAL urges Longford men and women to stand together and support the VIRTUAL GOAL MILE this Christmas

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GOAL urges Longford men and women to stand together and support the VIRTUAL GOAL MILE this Christmas

GOAL is calling on all Longford folk to go the distance and register to do a virtual GOAL Mile this Christmas to support the world’s most vulnerable communities.

The appeal has come after GOAL announced that the traditional and much-loved GOAL Mile will be going virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For the past several years thousands of people all over Longford have turned out in their communities and parishes every Christmas to walk, run or jog a GOAL Mile, with funds raised going towards supporting GOAL’s work in 13 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

The Irish humanitarian aid agency it is more vital than ever that people support the GOAL Mile this year.

Each registration will count as one mile. Once people have registered they have the option of passing a virtual baton to challenge friends on social media to do likewise!

GOAL’s Director of Fundraising, Eamon Sharkey, said: “We are living in a totally different world to the one we were in last Christmas. COVID-19 has taken a grip and changed all of our lives, but sadly it is the most vulnerable communities around the world who are impacted most, with COVID-19 impacting on their livelihoods and access to food.

“I want to thank the people of Longford for all their support for the GOAL Mile over the years. Despite COVID-19 we are determined that this great tradition will continue and we can all do our GOAL Mile virtually. Families and small groups of people may be able to do it together once Government guidelines and social distancing is strictly observed. This year will be different - but the end result will be the same.”

Here is how you can help GOAL hit the magic 10,000 miles in the spirit of helping those in need.

To register go to: https://www.goalglobal. org/goal-mile/ 

€15 for an adult and €10 for a child. There is also an early bird option, €10 for adults and €5 for a child until 24thNovember.