10 August 2010

Local Senator Lends a Hand to World Record Attempt for ICS

Senator Frances Fitzgerald was one of 1,888 people who converged on Rathcooke Park on Saturday and walked a one mile course in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The event, organised by Michael Ryan and his team of volunteers, was only sixteen participants short of breaking the world record. A Guinness Book of Wold Record official who presided over the event was said to be disappointed not to be able to hand over the coveted certificate.

“The Largest Charity Walk was a phenomenal success. We were only 16 people short of breaking the world record and vital funds were raised for the Irish Cancer Society. A group of young people spearheaded by Michael Ryan came up with a clever initiative that tapped into the local community spirit here and raised money for a fantastic cause,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.

The local Fine Gael politician, who spent her birthday supporting the cause, was serenaded by locals signing ‘Happy Birthday’ as she crossed the finish line.

“It was great to see so many people come out in support of the event which provided ample entertainment for families and children. The GAA club Commercials and Ratchoole Boys Soccer club provided the sporting entertainment, Avon Ri in Blessington provided zorbs, archery and kyaks - so between all that, the bouncing castles and the tepee, there was plenty of entertainment for adults and kids alike,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“The ethos behind it all was that we each know at least one life affected by cancer and walking just one mile helped raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society which support so many people and organisations in communities right throughout Ireland,” explained Senator Fitzgerald.

“Community spirit was thriving in Rathcoole on Saturday and I want to offer a heartfelt congratulations to Michael and his team of volunteers and the 1,888 people who took part on the day – it was a real honour to take part in such a great community event,” concluded Senator Frances Fitzgerald.