Finally summer has arrived; just in time for the annual Walk for Wexford, the Lions Club’s main fundraiser.
Taking place on the 26th, 27th and 28th August, the event offers three amazing and varied walks in County Wexford. Funds raised by participants are used to support local projects and are a vital part of the Club’s annual fundraising program.
The first walk is for adventurous spirits, starting at 10pm at the Winning Post in Curracloe and following a route, part forest road and part forest trails through The Raven. The way, clearly marked, will be marshalled by Lions members and further support will be provided by Wexford Civil Defence. They will be joined for the second year by Equine Search and Rescue, a horse mounted first aid group. As with all the walks, high viz jackets will be given to participants and walkers are advised to bring head torches. This is a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the forest at night.
A new route has been added to Saturday’s itinerary, starting at the forest car park near the Regal Lodge at 10am. The walk traverses Forth Mountain, taking in the views from the Three Rocks and Quarry. A slightly more challenging walk, participants are guaranteed to be left breathless by the views across south County Wexford to the Saltees and north to Mount Leinster.
Sunday morning focuses on the south of the county starting at 10am at Tintern Abbey on the Hook Peninsula. The route will pass through the beautiful woodlands surrounding Tintern Abbey and through Saltmills taking in scenic Bannow Bay. Participants will also pass through the acclaimed Colclough Walled Garden at Tintern Abbey which is arguably among the finest in the South East.
Throughout the weekend, walkers will be supported by the Wexford Coastguard and Wexford Civil Defence and participants will be issued with high visibility vests as well as water and fruit to keep energy levels up along the way. Participants are asked to wear suitable footwear and clothing and pack sunscreen as the Club hope that the Sunny South East lives up to its reputation.
The annual Walk for Wexford raises vital funds for Wexford Lions Club which are used to finance a number of projects in the local community including Suicide Awareness, a weekly bus to St John’s Hospital and support of various community groups.
Sponsorship cards are available from Lions Club members with 100% of funds raised going back into the local community. The Lions Club is unique in that its members pay an annual membership fee which covers administration costs so that all donations are used for ongoing and new projects.