Galway man to hike 350km in aid of three charities 4 weeks ago

Galway man to hike 350km in aid of three charities

Ronan Scully will have walked 10,000 miles for charity at the end of his latest hike.

One of the West of Ireland's best known charity activists estimates that after his next charity walk, he will have walked over 10,000 miles for charity over the last 30 years.

Former Operation Transformation contestant Ronan Scully is hoping to raise more than €10,000 for three good causes, including the charity for whom he works, Self Help Africa, when he undertakes a 350km hike from Ardmore Bay in Waterford to his hometown Galway, in a week.

Ronan will be joined along the way by many of his friends and supporters, who are celebrating Ronan 27 years of working with charities.

The Bay to Bay Walk, which starts in Waterford on Saturday morning 17 August, will take Ronan and his entourage through Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Offaly, Westmeath and Roscommon, as they wind their way to Galway - to arrive for a final leg of the marathon journey with a special 5km walk at 4pm on Saturday 24 August, along the promenade from Galway to Salthill.

Ronan, who's the dad of two adopted Ethiopian daughters, Mia (12) and Sophie (9) says that he's always been driven to work for charity since he first experienced the hardship and suffering of others, while volunteering with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, back in 1989.

Since then he's run various marathon races, including one at The North Pole with famous Ultra Marathon runner Richard Donovan, has undertaken over 60 charity walks - including 10 trips on the Camino in Spain and France, and has hosted dozens of other charity walks in Ireland and overseas.

Last year he took part in a similar 'Bay to Bay' walk from Dingle in Kerry to Galway Bay, while he also undertook a marathon canal walk in the midlands, ran the Uganda mini-marathon, and also walked 420 Km in a walk from Courtown in Wexford to Kinsale in Cork with his good friend Martin Ryan

The Bay to Bay Walk is in aid of Self Help Africa, Rosabel's Rooms in partnership with The irish Hospice Foundation and The Galway Rape Crisis Centre.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so by contacting Ronan at www.selfhelpafrica.org or any of the charities involved.