There might be a few clouds on St Stephen's Day in Laois but they'll all have a silver lining if they are floating above those taking part in the Clonaslee Walk in aid of Laois Hospice.
The Clonaslee St Stephen's Day 2017
This year marks an extra special year for the organisers as it will be the 25th Silver Anniversary of the first walk.
In attendance were Fr Thomas O'Reilly, Cllr Seamus McDonald, Seamus O'Donoghue, Chairperson Laois Hospice Foundation Families and friends of now deceased walkers of 25 years ago.
A large attendance of volunteers from the local community
Sheila was delighted to welcome Donal's wife Noreen and sister Loretta.
Some 25 years ago 14 walkers left Clonaslee and walked 10 miles to the Booster station in Capard, Rosenallis, hence the long walk every year is 10 miles.
Between 800 -1000 now walk the walk each year.
This walk to date has raised almost €900,000 for hospice care in Laois.
A special tribute was paid to the people who were on the first walks and who have now passed to their eternal reward.
What a wonderful tribute to them that 25 years on we are still walking!!
Seamus O'Donoghue, Chairperson Laois Hospice Foundation, sincerely thanked the great contribution made by the Community of Clonaslee to Laois Hospice and reminded us that Laois Hospice is a voluntary organisation and every penny raised on St Stephen's Day goes to Laois Hospice to provide Palliative care nursing in a home environment, for those people who wish to live out their lives in their own home.
He also outlined the difference between Hospice care and what the Cuisle centre
Hospice care is looking after the terminally ill, providing palliative care for people in their own homes the Cuisle Centre provides counselling services, holistic therapy, art and craft activities, exercises to people living with cancer or who are survivors of cancer.
Sheila thanked all the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly over the Christmas period to prepare for the walk, thanks also to Coillte, Civil Defence.
A special thanks were extended to all the sponsors without whom this great event would not be so successful.
The organisers will be on duty from as early
People doing the long walk are advised to depart from the centre by 12.30pm. The family walk leaves the centre at
Sponsorship also plays a significant part of our
Sponsorship cards are available from Sheila Bourke 0876339540, Niall Bourke 0874116274. In Portlaoise from Mary Lynch 0872439749.
Sheila Bourke says the walk has a motto. “Whatever the weather, the Clonaslee walk will never be cancelled.”