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BCDA Ballyneety and St. Vincent’s, Lisnagry Association are looking for you to undertake a virtual 5km walk

BCDA Ballyneety and St Vincent’s 500km challenge

By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney

From Friday, March 12 to Sunday, March 14, BCDA Ballyneety and St. Vincent’s, Lisnagry Association are looking for you to undertake a virtual 5km walk/run/push/cycle to raise vital funds for the Ballyneety Community Development Association and St. Vincent’s, Lisnagry Association.

The goal is to reach 500km over three days. They are asking you to choose a 5km route from your home and do it as many times as you like.

The Ballyneety Community Development Association (BCDA) is a not-for-profit organisation whose income depends solely on the rental of their facilities. As a result of COVID-19 and the current restrictions, they are fundraising to cover the ongoing overhead costs until they can re-open their doors again.

Half the proceeds of this 5km virtual walk will be going to St. Vincent’s, Lisnagry Association. St. Vincent’s Lisnagry Association is a voluntary association of parents and ordinary member society who want to improve the lives of their loved ones.

They have provided funding and helped the Daughters of Charity at Lisnagry through numerous beneficial projects in the past. They are an active group whose focus at heart is making lives better.

The Ballyneety Community Development Association (BCDA) is located 8km south of Limerick City on the grounds of the Ballyneety Golf Club. Its first project, a Walking Track traversing the perimeter of the Golf Club opened in 2017 followed by the official opening of an Innovation Hub and five a side Astroturf pitch in October 2019. The Ballyneety Outdoor Farmer’s Market started in October 2020 and the response to this initiative is incredible, with lots of stallholders already in business from home. They were delighted to be able to provide a platform to showcase their wonderful products. The market is proud to feature many local producers. 

The principal objectives of the Association include the promotion, development, and operation of recreational and sporting facilities for the members of the Ballyneety community and surrounding area.

Joe Looby of Ballyneety Community Development Association commented on the fundraiser saying, “We are overwhelmed with the support and we really appreciate every cent. Walking provides numerous health benefits and is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise at this time. We invite everyone, adults, children, dogs to take part and reach the 500km goal for BCDA with the added bonus of contributing to St. Vincent’s, Lisnagry. Co Limerick.”

 

For more information and to donate go HERE 

For previous stories on Lisnagry go HERE 

For more stories on Ballyneety go HERE 

For further information go HERE 

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