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14 Aug 2022

Wesley’s Shannon paddle begins in difficult conditions

In difficult conditions Wesley Bourke began his 260km trek in his canoe from Dowra to Limerick on Thursday last, August 16. The bad weather resulted in waves measuring a metre high along with strong winds and rain but for Wesley that was just another obstacle that he took in his stride.

In difficult conditions Wesley Bourke began his 260km trek in his canoe from Dowra to Limerick on Thursday last, August 16. The bad weather resulted in waves measuring a metre high along with strong winds and rain but for Wesley that was just another obstacle that he took in his stride.

As a result of the rare genetic disease, Leber’s optic neuropathy, Wesley lost 85% of his sight when he was 18 years old but the 34 year old has certainly not let that get in his way.

Wesley ws accompanied in a two man canoe by his rowing partner Aisa Cooper who acts as his guide during the adventure and on Sunday last he became the first blind person to successfully paddle the length of the River Shannon. To date €2,726 has been raised and will be donated to ChildVision.

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