HUNDREDS of people went the extra mile on Christmas Day, when they gathered in Stradbally and Portarlington to take part in the annual Goal Mile.
Now in its 36th year, the charity fundraiser set off from the GAA clubhouse in Portarlington and from Oakvale Woods in Stradbally, where participants walked, jogged or ran a mile. The funds raised will go to Goal initiatives in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Syria and Ethiopia and to thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe.
This year, more than 140 Goal Miles were organised all over Ireland. Goal Miles also took place in South Sudan, Texas, Poland, Sweden and with the defence forces in the Golan Heights.
Last year, Goal reached more than 5.5 million people in need around the world.
Siobhan Walsh from Goal said: “A huge thanks to Goal Mile organisers in Laois for their support this year. Millions of euros have been raised to support Goal’s work in the developing world since the first Goal Mile was staged in 1982. The widespread support of the people of Laois for the Goal Mile embodies the true spirit of Christmas. I would like to thank the hundreds of people from Laois who started their Christmas Day by taking action to support others.”