A group of walkers as they set off from Cootehill.

Making a difference, step by step


By Gemma Good

The annual 'Step by Step' fundraiser arrived in Cavan last Sunday evening.

The walk aims to raise funds for Mary's Meals, a charity which raises money for the world's poor.

Over nine days - between August 7 and 15 - they cover more than 200km, finishing up at the Marian shrine at Knock in Co Mayo.

The hikers set off from the White Horse Hotel in Cootehill bright and early on Monday morning, heading in the direction of Cavan Town. Tuesday saw them set off for Granard.

"Our two days of walking could not have been more different," said Ballyconnell woman Patricia Friel, who participated in the Cavan leg of the walk.

"Monday was wet and warm, with heavy showers and then bright sunshine when we arrived into Cavan Town," she reported.

As the executive director of Mary's Meals Ireland, Patricia is happy to report that the "blister count" was low with only "a few stiff bones" ailing the walkers.

The Donegal native said the turnout has been affected by the unpredictable weather "but not the spirit of the walkers," she quipped.

They are currently (August 12) on day six of their trek - setting off from Longford as they continue their journey to Mayo.

Patricia thanked everyone who has supported the walk so far and urged people to donate online at marysmeals.ie or by calling Trish on 0863140814.

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