‘Hike to Hope’ raises €18,000 for local causes

‘Hike to Hope’, a fundraising hike from Malin Head to Mizen Head which was completed over sixteen days by Dan Magan and Micheál Duggan, has so far raised €18,725 for local charities.

The two men completed the 545km route in aid of Vita House in Roscommon town and Cian’s Kennels, a charity which was set up in memory of young Cian Neary, who sadly passed away in 2019.

Speaking to the Roscommon People after completing the walk last Sunday, Dan Magan said he and Mr. Duggan were grateful for all the support they had received from supporters.

“We got on really well; I won’t say that it was easy but it was a great odyssey and we received fantastic support from our family and friends,” he said.

“My son Daniel has mental health issues so the whole family has used the services at Vita House. We wanted to give something back because they have been so good to us.

“We would also have strong Kilashee connections and we know Cian’s family very well and Cian’s Kennels is another very worthy cause.

“Our Gofundme page ‘Hike to Hope’ has so far received almost €19,000 in donations and money is still trickling in. We are very grateful for all the support we have received so far,” he added.

Mr. Magan said he also hoped the walk would bring much-needed awareness to the issue of mental health and the resources needed to tackle the ongoing crisis.

For more information on Vita House, visit vitahouse.org and for more on Cian’s Kennels, visit www.cianskennels.ie.