Over £12,000 raised by Newry Council Chairman’s 66-mile charity walk

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, has completed the 66-mile walking challenge he set himself earlier this year and raised an estimated £12k for his three nominated charities.

The outgoing Chairman wanted to raise money for his chosen charities –  NI Air Ambulance; Newry Gateway and Glebe House – and proposed the innovative 3-day walk event earlier in the year.



“I’m very grateful to the Council staff who took this idea and made it happen – developing a fantastic programme across the 3 days with Life Adventure,” he told Newry Times.


View photos from the event HERE.


“We wanted to showcase the beauty of this district walking from Slieve Gullion to Delamont Park across the 3 days and it’s been a fantastic experience for me.

“A number of local business have sponsored the event and individuals who made personal donations and I’d like to thank them again for their support.



“I am especially delighted that so many schools took up the opportunity to walk 3milesfor£3 to support the initiative, get active and make a donation to three very worthy charities.

“The Community Safety Partnership and the Councils Take 5 initiative also sponsored goodie bags and medals for all the participating children,” Mark added.

Across the 3 days, Chairman Mark Murnin was joined by 12 local schools some 400 children/teachers, representatives from all three charities, supporters, Council colleagues and the President of Newry Chamber of Commerce Paul Convery.



Chairman Murnin added, “I am delighted that, at present, our fundraising total is in excess of £12k for these important local charities.”

A final total is expected to be released next week.

The 3-day event culminated with a Party in the Park in Delamont Park with live music and family entertainment to greet the walkers as they completed their 66-mile Chairman’s Charity Walk challenge.


View photos from the event HERE.



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