Two Laois walking groups are stepping it out for charity and gearing up for the VHI Mini Marathon.
Stradbally native Kim McCormack set up a group called Little Steps of Hope which the Little Town and the small steps people can take to bring hope to those in need.
The group has gone from strength to strength with over 20 women planning onwalking the mini marathon in June and they have decided that all funds raised will go to Team Tom in Stradbally.
This is a local charity thatprovides a range of free services such as counselling and play therapy to individuals and families affected by suicide and mental health issues.
The group kick-started their fundraising efforts over the Easter weekend by bag packing in Supervalu in Stradbally, from which £1,084 was raised.
Sponsorship cards will be available in businesses throughout Stradbally for people to donate and the ladies themselves will be out and about collecting sponsorship over the coming weeks and you are asked to please give generously.
The group is supported by
Stradbally, Vicarstown and Timahoe Community Sports Hub.
The Steps of Hope walking group meet at 7.30pm every Monday night at St Mary's Hall.
Meanwhile, the Borris in Ossory Womens Walking Group chosen charity for 2018 is "Féileacáin" (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland – SANDAI).
It is a not for profit organisation (CHY – 19635) that aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after.
The Group's fundraising began on May 6th with a men and women’s doubles fun darts tournament (open draw for partners) in Rosie O'Grady’s starting with registration at 2pm. Fee is €10 and darts away 2.30pm.
The main fun part of this day was a non-thrower being paired with a thrower to even the odds.
The group will also be participating in the VHI Mini Marathon on Sunday, June 3. Contact Denise 0876364648.
The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon, an annual 10k charity road race, is the largest women's event of its kind in the world.
In 2017, an estimated €9.3 million was raised for hundreds of charities. The estimated total raised, since the race started in 193 is more than €200 million.
The women decide themselves which charity they will support.