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Kathrina plans 12k steps a day for the month of March

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By Michelle Crean

It's a case of these shoes are made for walking for one Killarney woman determined to clock up a whopping 372,000 steps during the month of March. Kathrina Breen, who is part of the Killarney Daffodil Day Committee, is preparing for the annual Daffodil Day on Friday, March 26.

However, as usual collections are halted due to current restrictions, Kathrina has signed up to the charity's latest fundraiser to walk 12,000 steps a day every day for the entire month.

"Unfortunately, we face another year of not being together on the day. Although volunteers/fundraisers can’t be on the street collecting, we can still encompass the spirit of Daffodil Day, by joining the Irish Cancer Society and taking on the ‘12,000 steps a day in March’ challenge, to help to raise vital funds to support free services for people affected by cancer," Kathrina said.

Throughout the pandemic, Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses continued to support families across Kerry, allowing patients to spend their final days surrounded by their loved ones. And every Euro raised from fundraising online will make a real and lasting impact on people affected by cancer in Kerry.

The Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Driver service also continued throughout lockdowns, ensuring cancer patients could get to their chemotherapy appointments. The Society also introduced a remote counselling service to make sure cancer patients and their families across Kerry had access to care and support when they needed it most.

Kathrina is calling on everyone to take in the challenge.

"We can show the power of our community when it comes to supporting those in need by taking on the 12,000 step challenge," Kathrina told the Killarney Advertiser. "We can raise funds and show our support, while exercising within our 5km, by sharing and posting on social media. We have such amazing walks around Killarney and are lucky enough to have the National Park on our doorstep.”

To sign up for the steps challenge, to donate, visit the Daffodil Day shop, or to host a virtual Daffodil Day event go to www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Anyone with concerns or questions about cancer can contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on Freephone:1800 200 700.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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