At the tender age of 75, John Conlon is taking on a major challenge when he walks from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal. Leaving Mizen Head in Cork on April 20th this gruelling journey of 420 miles (700 km) will take about 19 days to complete. He is expected in Malin Head on May 8th walking at an average of 21 miles or 35 km per day.
John is doing this to celebrate his 75th birthday and to raise funds and awareness for a small Palliative Care clinic in Malawi - Ndi Moyo. Travelling through Bantry, Macroom, Mallow, Charlestown, Limerick, Nenagh, Birr, Athlone, Longford, Ballinamore, Enniskillen, Lifford, Derry, Muff, Carndonagh and finally Malin Head – John will be relying on the kindness of friends and strangers to give him a bed as he passes through their towns.
John was a member of the White Fathers (Missonaries of Africa) from 1955 until he left in 1973. During that time he spent 5 years in Malawi which he describes as “the most enriching of his life”. In 1973 he met his future wife and following his resignation he married Mary Ann and returned to build a new life in Northern Ireland.
Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Clinic was founded in 2006 by retired couple Lucy and Tony Finch. This center of excellence is the only such clinic in Malawi. It is non denominational and non fee paying. Most of their 370 patients live below the poverty level and suffer HIV and terminal cancers. The clinic also cares for the children of their patients and there are 1000 vulnerable children currently supported by Ndi Moyo with malaria nets, school fees and sometimes bedding and blankets.
Malawi has been battered by poverty - 52 % of the population live on less than one $ a day and 15 % live on between 10 – 20 cents per day.
All money raised will go directly to Ndi Moyo. John will take care of all his own expenses.
The link for John’s donations site is https://mydonate.bt.com/events/mizenmalin
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