Co-founder of Irish international aid organisation Bóthar and soon-to-be 60 year-old Peter Ireton is taking on the walk of his life - in aid of those who walk daily for their lives.
Ireton will embark on a 60km fund-raising walk that will take him and supporters along a picturesque, mostly waterside route from Limerick to Killaloe/Ballina and back on Saturday April 28th.
The Limerick man founded Bóthar with Tipperary farming leader the late T.J. Maher in 1991 and grew it from a one-off gesture of sending an airlift of cows to Africa to mark Limerick Treaty 300 celebrations in 1991 to a charity with an E7m annual turnover.The mammoth ‘SIÚL GO DTÍ SEASCA’ undertaking will see Peter not alone walking one kilometre for every year of his life but 10kms for each of the 6km that, on average, people in the developing world walk each and every day for water for their basic survival.
Pete is asking as many people as possible to join him on any one of five different legs of the walk or, for those keen enough to take on the complete circuit, the entire 12-14 hour trek as he seeks to raise much needed funds for Bóthar’s livestock projects in Rwanda.
“We may be experiencing difficult times in Ireland but it’s nothing compared to the hardship of people in the developing world and this 60km walk is our way in Bóthar of showing our support for them in their daily quest for survival,” he said.
See this week’s Tipperary Star for more details