IT Sligo student Sean Watters from Manorhamilton is teaming up with Dromahair’s Brian McMorrow and Sligo GAA Captain Ross Donovan to organise a great charity challenge next month in aid of a Moldovian orphanage.
Sean and the team will be using Hiking and Orienteering, two of the outdoor activities studied by students of IT Sligo’s Bachelor of Business (Recreation and Leisure) to plan an ambitious two-day hike across the Sligo Way in aid of Outreach Moldova on June 30 and July 1.
The walk will start at Larrigan near Lough Talt in the Ox Mountains close to the Mayo border and continue to Dromahair, taking in views of Ben Bulben, Slieve League, the Isle of Inishfree and Lough Gill and reaching almost 900 metres at points.
The benefiting charity, ‘Outreach Moldova’, was founded by an Irish woman Dr Suzanne O’Connell, and provides medical care and social inclusion for children that have been abandoned or orphaned and children with special needs and children with terminal illnesses.
Sean is encouraging Leitrim people to get involved in the challenge. Having travelled to the orphanage last Summer, he’s keen to raise as much money as possible for it again this year.
“The children at the orphanage rely on volunteers that travel out there every Summer,” he said.
“The money raised by volunteers goes towards the running of the facility and during the two weeks we spend there, we help to keep the children active and engaged.”
Sean says he’ll be using a lot of the skills he has learned in his course at IT Sligo with the children at the orphanage when he returns there this August, “This year, we had a number of sessions with Shane Hayes from the Sligo Sports Partnership, who coached us in skill development, from the most basic level. Getting the children active helps them, mentally and physically.” Participants in the challenge will camp overnight at a selected route along the way.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved in The Sligo Way Challenge or who would like to join the group for even part of the hike can contact Sean at (087) 7550285 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information see the IT Sligo website