Blind canoeist takes to the Shannon for charity

Tomorrow (Thursday) evening, a blind journalist, canoeist and past pupil at ChildVision’s National Education Centre For Blind Children will paddle the River Shannon in aid of children’s charity ChildVision.

Tomorrow (Thursday) evening, a blind journalist, canoeist and past pupil at ChildVision’s National Education Centre For Blind Children will paddle the River Shannon in aid of children’s charity ChildVision.

Wesley Bourke and his paddling partner Aisa Cooper will take on the 225 mile journey which begins at Dowra in County Cavan and covers the counties of Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Galway, Clare and Tipperary before finishing in Limerick. They expect to pass through County Leitrim some time tomorrow afternoon. Speaking last week, Wesley said: “No blind person has ever done this before but I’m confident we’ll not only complete the challenge, but we’ll get it done on schedule.”

The pair will take to the Shannon in a K2 kayak to raise funds for ChildVision, Ireland’s only national education centre for blind children. ChildVision works with over 800 families throughout the country providing educational resources and facilities for blind children.