Walkers, hikers and ramblers are being urged to put on their walking boots this month in aid of cancer research.
The annual Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk takes place from Jul 26-28.
The event raises funds for Cork Cancer Research Centre to assist in its research into vital new treatments for cancers.
The Cork Cancer Research team has already brought five successful new treatment options to clinicians all over the country as a result of money raised through the walk, which has raised over €500,000 for the centre over the past nine years.
Along with long-time supporters, adventurer Pat Falvey and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane, walkers will get the chance to test their fitness along 70km of trails featuring impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, moorlands, wooded paths and lakes.
Each day there is a different walk. This year’s routes include Tahilla to Kenmare via Templenoe (25km); Lauragh to Kenmare, incorporating part of the Beara Way via Lough Inchiquin (26km); and Torc Waterfall and Killarney to Kenmare via Esknamuckey Glen (17km).
However, walkers decide on how many days they want to walk — one, two or all three.
All walkers must be at least 18 but each walker is expected to be fit enough to complete each walk.
Scientist at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, Dr Tracey O’Donovan, said the support of the walk was vital to the centre in recent years.
“Last year almost 300 people supported the event and this year we are hoping to get many more involved to help us raise vital funds for the centre. We are calling on the general public to don their walking boots and to come out and support us at what will be a great weekend of walking and camaraderie,” she said.
Mr Falvey said he hoped there would be a large turnout for this year’s event. “Cancer affects so many people, through their own journey or through someone they know. Taking on cancer is a daunting challenge which requires focus and determination. I’m delighted to be involved in this event and to lend my name and support as part of the fundraising efforts to combat cancer,” he said.
* Anyone wanting to partake in the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk or to volunteer as a walk leader, or simply make a donation to the cause can lo-call 1890 998 998. For more see www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie; www.hopelives.ie or the Kerry Way Walk Facebook for details.
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