Four brave Donegal men are currently in training for a marathon kayak in aid of a number of worthy causes.
Shane Friel, Shaun McGarvey, Jason McCahill and Colin Talbot plan to undertake two journeys totalling 40 miles to raise funds for a triad of charities.
They are the Donegal branches of BUMBLEance, Irish wheelchair association and for the Toland family whose daughter, Niamh, remains very unwell and still undergoing treatment in Dublin.
The BUMBLEance transfers young children to hospital, whose life-limiting illness inhibits their ability to travel in a car. This organisation relies totally on charitable funding and supports families all over the Republic of Ireland, making hospital treatment accessible for those who need it.
The Irish wheelchair association has been operating in Ireland since 1960, across 32 branches, including Donegal.
“Their support to wheelchair users has been insurmountable, we hope to offer a donation that will give their service users a boost at an especially difficult time,” a spokesperson for the four men said.
Niamh’s mother continues to travel with her daughter to Dublin from Donegal. As a result, she is under a considerable financial burden due to loss of wages and fuel and accommodation costs whilst her daughter is in hospital.
“The three worthy causes, widely known, will be extremely appreciative of any donations. We would like to note that donations will remain within the Donegal area branches/services. Please give generously to those who are reliant on these services in order to manage their disabilities and ongoing poor health.”
To make a donation, and for updates, go to the Kayaking for Kids GoFundMe page.