Cooley Mountain Trek

The ever popluar Cooley Mountain Trek in aid of Fighting Blindness will take place on Sunday July 1 this year.

Eric Beggs has been involved in raising funds for over a decade and last year alone raised €8570 from this event, bringing the total he has raised to in excess of €130,000.

The Fighting Blindness group is very close to Eric’s heart as the Lisdoo man was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa (RP) which unfortunately can’t be cured. Eric first started having difficulties with his sight in his early 20s and it has progressed to the stage that now in his 60s he is completely blind.

He is calling on all walkers to support the trek to help continue the great work that has been done in recent years.

“Fighting Blindness have been doing great work and in recent times have made a lot of significant breakthroughs, especially with age-related problems. It is essential that they get funds to continue this work and the more support we get the better.

This year’s Cooley Mountain Trek will take place on Sunday July 1 with the 10km walk starting at 11am (for more experienced walkers) and the 5km walk starting at Noon. The route is a looped walk which begins at the Lumpers in Ravensdale. A free bus will leave Dundalk at the Lisdoo car park at 10:30 for the 11am walk and 11:30 for the Noon walk.

Registration is €20 and includes refreshments and entertainment after the event. For more information or to get a sponsorship card please contact Eric at 0863193675, Siobhan at 0861972715 or Harry at 0872610658.

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