A fundraising Walk and Fun Cycle in Upperchurch on Sunday last, 26th August, organised by Declan Atkins, a pupil of Thurles CBS has been an outstanding success, The Tipperray Star is delighted to report.
Declan is overwhelmed by the support he got from within and outside the community with E2,000 having been raised.
The Zambian Immersian Project, which takes place every two years in the CBS Secondary School Thurles, involves 8 students and 3 teachers going to the Christian Brothers’ compound in Mulfilira in northern Zambia. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of third world issues here at home as well as to raise much needed funds to help the Christian Brothers with their charitable work in Zambia. In previous years the school has been able to donate over E30,000 to this cause.
The Walk was officially started by a local woman – 87 year old Maura Armstrong, who has walked the Upperchurch Loops on many occasions and is a veteran of the Dublin City Marathon. She has often been featured on radio and TV and on local and national newspapers.
Declan was helped by his grandfather, Con Ryan, who worked as Rural Recreation Officer for Co. Tipperary for four years. Speaking after the event, Con said that once more the community had come up trumps and was high in his praise of all supporters. He thanked the members of Upperchurch Development Council, members of the Walking Committee and the Cycling Club, including Richard Ryan and PJ Harrington who organised the Cycle. There was a special word of thanks to Kinnanes for sponsoring the excellent food and also to the local ladies who helped with the catering.