Newry Canal Towpath Walk a huge success

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Monday, October 14th, 2013
After days of torrential rain, last Friday brought welcome relief in the form of a beautiful Autumn sunrise. It also brought three coachloads of young ladies to the mist-wreathed bridge at Jerrettspass. These ladies are pupils at the Sacred Heart Grammar School and St Mary’s High School and were well-prepared for the rigours of a hike along the canal towpath all the way into Newry. This was no idle stroll – the girls and their teachers were using it to arrange sponsorship to help fund the work of the local branch of Samaritans. They set off in a chattering column, briefly disturbing the wildlife along the canal-bank, and arrived at Riverside Church in Newry just over an hour later, where Samaritan Volunteers were on hand to refresh them with crisps and fizzy drinks. Samaritans are very grateful to these ladies for their efforts, as the organisation is entirely dependent on contributions from the public and is in urgent need of funds. This walk will help to raise some of the funding needed to keep the local branch going. Samaritans, who this year are celebrating their 40th year in the area, are located at 19 St Coleman’s Park, Newry and offer emotional support 24 hours a day. They are always available to receive your phone calls at 028 (048) 302 66366, or your emails at if you need to talk, or your financial contributions if you want to help.
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