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Aoife plans staggering 150km walking challenge for Pieta House

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WAY TO WALK: Aoife Murray plans to walk 150kms in aid of Pieta House Kerry. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

It's a big challenge but it's one a local woman wants to take on and she hopes her 150 kilometre project this March inspires others. Aoife Murray (22) from Ash Close, Ballydribeen plans to walk 150kms - or approximately 100 miles - during the month of March in aid of Pieta House Kerry.

Aoife, who says she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) a number of years ago, is doing her fundraising online and hopes her good deed will benefit others.

"It's something I wanted to do for a long time," Aoife told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

Since the age of 13 or 14 Aoife began suffering from mental health issues, self harmed and said she had suicidal thoughts at times.

She explained that as a teenager she was placed in children's wards in Kerry and then in Cork which were totally unsuitable fas she was waiting to be diagnosed.

"I only got diagnosed two years ago. It was a relief and now I know what triggers it."

Services provided by Pieta are vital, she added.

Pieta have also helped a lot of my friends and I just want to give something back. Now I'm doing well and I wanted to do something to make a difference."
Now she's hoping people will be generous with their donations to help boost the local service which helps so many in the county.

"The price of a cup of coffee could save someone's life. I want people to know if they are in a dark place that it does get better - just talk to someone you won't be judged."

To donate to Aoife's fundraiser go to Facebook: 'I am walking 150 km to stop suicide'.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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