Connie’s Memory Inspires Sunday Morning Community Charity Walk in Currans

The rain which engulfed the Maine Valley on Sunday morning somehow spared the village of Currans from its ire.

There, from the gathering point at the local community hall, family members and friends of the late Connie Fitzgerald arrived for the third annual 5k memorial walk in his honour and memory.

The proceeds of the previous two walks have gone to a worthy and carefully considered charity recipient.

Close on 200 people and several dogs on leads gathered on an imaginary starting point on the road outside the hall and took off on their hike of altruism around roads the parish.

Kay and her Catering Team

In the meantime, the business of catering for the return of the walkers was in full swing in the hall itself under the supervision of the Connie’s wife, Kay and her team.

The fine morning meant that people could sit at tables outside the compact building and give the caterers a bit of elbow room inside.

As always with events like this, a flood of funds come directly on the day while more will trickle in over the coming weeks.

BRÚ Columbanus to Benefit

Last August a presentation of €4,212 was made to the Kerry Hospice Foundation by the Fitzgerald family in the wake of the second annual walk.

Connie Fitzgerald died from cancer on January 25th. 2020.

“The memorial walk is a fitting tribute to Connie, who is fondly remembered and was very popular with the people of Currans and surrounding areas,” said an event spokesperson.

All funds raised from Sunday’s walk will be presented to BRÚ Columbanus, which provides home from home accommodation for families of patients in Cork hospitals and the Fitzgerald family members are very grateful to the charity for the support they received during Connie’s time in Cork University Hospital.
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