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Calling all walkaholics

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 4:51pm

As if walking 22km wasn’t tough enough, a Bandon fireman is set to do it in his full uniform!

Dave Quane from Bandon Fire Station will undertake the Make Your Mark on Cancer charity walk, which is in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, is his full fireman’s uniform.

Dave and Olympic race walker Rob Heffernan officially launched this year’s annual walk which will take place on 15 July from The Viaduct on the N71 to the Town Hall in Bandon.

Heffernan said: “We all know someone who has, in some way, been affected by cancer. 22km is a small challenge compared to what a person going through cancer has to face, and that’s why I’m encouraging people to sign up and raise funds that will make a real difference.”

Funds raised will go towards the cost of developing the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s new Cancer Care Centre, a space close to the Mercy.

This is the sixth year of the popular walk which was started in memory of Corkman Mark Prendergast, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012.

In 2013, the group of Mark’s family and friends resurrected a charity walk from the Viaduct to Bandon under the new name of the Make Your Mark on Cancer, and to date they have raised over €252,000 for cancer services, with 526 people participating last year. There will also be a starting point in Innishannon at 12.30pm for those who want a shorter option. Details are available now at makeyourmark.ie or call 086-4542132.

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