MEMBERS of Laois ICA federation put their best foot forward for their annual walk in aid of two worthy charities
The walk took place on Sunday 21 July and helped to raise much-needed funds for the Cuisle Centre and Laois Hospice. Both charities provide care and support for families and their loved ones, whose lives have been touched by cancer or a cancer-related illnesses.
Managing director of the National Ploughing Association Anna May McHugh cut the ribbon to get the walkers off to a flying start.
The walk started and finished at the Cuisle Centre, where refreshments were served and were a welcome treat for the tired, but happy, walkers. A cake and homemade jam sale organised by the members of Laois ICA helped to boost the profits.
President of Laois ICA federation Anne Payne said that she was delighted with the success of the walk, which, so far, has raised €1,200. However, Anne is hopeful that with donations still pouring in, the Cuisle Centre and Laois Hospice will receive generous cheques when the federation makes its annual charitable donations at its November meeting.
The national president of the ICA Josephine Helley will attend Laois federation meeting and preside at the presentation of the cheques to representatives of the Cuisle Centre and Laois Hospice.
“It makes the occasion more special when we have our national president in attendance at such as special occasion as this,” said Anne Payne.
“The walk was a great success and we are delighted with the way it went,” Anne concluded.
Director of services at the Cuisle Centre, Stella Moran, said she was delighted with the success of the day and thanked the members of Laois ICA and their supporters for turning out to support both causes.
“It was a very enjoyable day,” said a delighted, Stella.