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Leah and her family help set wheels in motion for health link bus fundraisers

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AS SHE battles with a rare form of cancer, generous-spirited Glenflesk teenager Leah Lynch is urging the community to get behind a major fundraiser to help fellow cancer patients in the county.

Leah, 19, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in November, and started chemotherapy treatment at Cork University Hospital in the weeks before Christmas.

Her mother, Breda Lynch, is one of the founding members of the Glenflesk ag Rith jogging group. The Kerry Cork Health Link bus, which brings patients from Kerry to Cork for cancer treatment, passes Breda’s house five days a week and the importance of this service struck a chord with Breda and Leah.

Although Leah herself is not using the bus, as her treatment requires her to stay at the hospital, the teenager and her family are keen to help organisers of the Run for the Bus events staged by Glenflesk ag Rith in aid of Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus.

The first Run for the Bus event is a 5k family fun run which takes place at Glenflesk GAA pitch on Sunday, January 29. The suggested donation is €10 per adult and €5 per child, or €20 per family (two adults and two children).

The run takes placed for 12 noon until 2.30pm and spot prizes, music and refreshments will be available. “Everyone is welcome and we would greatly appreciate your support,” said organiser Niamh O’Connor of Glenflesk ag Rith.

“Following this the Glenflesk ag Rith members will aim complete a 10k run, a half marathon and all going well the final event is the Dublin marathon next October. The Kerry/Cork health link bus takes cancer patients to and from Cork five days a week to receive treatment and follow-up appointments,” said Niamh. “Funding comes entirely from sponsorship and fundraising events. No Government or HSE funding is received.”
 


 
Above: Leah and Breda Lynch pictured at Cork University Hospital this week.

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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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