Annual Coastal Walk

Every August members and supporters of Wexford Lions Club walk 80 of the 140 miles of County Wexford’s glorious coastline over the course of a weekend. The Annual Coastal Walk, now in its eighth year, is the main fundraiser for the club and monies raised are re-invested in the local community.
Starting at Kilmichael Point, the northern tip of the county, the walk continues down the coast, in ten mile sections, via Curracloe, Rosslare, Kilmore, Fethard and Hook, finishing up in Duncannon. The route gives participants an opportunity to see the best of what Wexford has to offer in beaches, flora, fauna, historical sites including Hook Lighthouse and more modern additions to the landscape such as the windfarm at Carnesore Point.
Teams from local businesses, clubs and organisations are invited to participate, with each team member walking one of the eight routes. Participants are asked to raise €100 each. This may seem daunting, harder perhaps than walking ten miles, but it is recommended that walkers start their training ten weeks before the walk and set themselves a weekly target of €10 to raise the sponsorship. In the past participants have cut back on a few pints or cigarettes each week, putting the money towards the walk instead. They say it’s a great sense of achievement, raising €100, completing the ten miles and getting fit, especially when they know that their money goes back into the community.
Wexford Lions Club look are the participants ensuring their every need is met. Buses ferry walkers to and from each section, fruit, chocolate and water are provided during the walk and refreshments at the end of every section. A Lions Coastal Walk t-shirt is issued to each participant, as a souvenir of their adventure but also providing a means for the support team to identify participants along the route. Feedback from previous years has been great and the Lions are delighted to provide an interesting way to raise funds whilst showing off the scenery of County Wexford.

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