Three Dublin buddies, Conor McCabe, Colin McGough and Paddy O’Meara will complete The Wicklow Way next weekend, all in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie
The pals, all aged 35, were intending to do the walk last weekend but when one of the trio fell ill, they decided to hold off until next Friday 27 and Saturday, 28 August.
The trio established a GoFundMe page to support the children’s cancer support service and it has currently reached over €6,500 with more support committed.
“Conor works for LinkedIn and they’ve promised to double whatever we raise – so we’re appealing to Dublin Gazette readers to help us reach €10,000 which effectively means, we will finish with an incredible €20,000!” said Colin McGough.
Colin is a native of Monkstown but he and Conor (who hails from Cabinteely and now resides in Stillorgan) attended Blackrock College and have been friends ever since. Paddy currently resides in Blackrock but is a native of Athlone, Co Westmeath.
“Paddy and Connor were also pals and in turn, I played many a rugby match against Paddy who played for Clongowes Wood College and later, with Belvedere. He was a thorn in my side back then – good to have him on the same side now!” said Colin.
It’s no mean feat that faces the three enthusiastic walkers. On Friday next, they will walk the full 127km of the Wicklow Way commencing from Marley Park, Dublin to Clonegal, a picturesque village in Co Carlow (which boasts Huttington Castle and grounds).
“It is a feat of endurance,” said Colin “But we’re happy to do it, in support of APT. A friend of mine, little Fiadh O’Connor (2) is recently back from New York following specialised treatment against the recurrence of cancer.
“Fiadh was supported by APT among others. When I asked her mother Laura what organisation she’d like us to raise funds for, Laura chose APT immediately, they do such fantastic work.”
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter, Aoibheann, to cancer aged just 8 years.
The men wore pink ties at Aoibheann’s funeral as it was her favourite colour. The charity was formed in her memory to remedy the lack of support for other children and their families going through treatment. APT offers practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
“Please donate if you should meet us on our walk; Barry King will be driving behind us (and filming and feeding us!) but he will be happy to accept donations on the day,” said Colin.
“Otherwise, you can donate to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wicklow-way-for-aoibheanns-pink-tie
“Sincere thanks to all who have supported to date but we’d love to get to €10,000 and double that amount with LinkedIn.”