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Walking 70km for Christian Aid's 70th year

19 November 2015

Rev David Nesbitt, aged over 70, has walked 70km for Christian Aid’s 70th anniversary year, raising €6,525!

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David is pictured here with Christian Aid Ireland CEO, Rosamond Bennett, presenting a cheque for funds raised in sponsorship.

David lives in Ballybay, County Monaghan and together with his wife Elsie established the Annual Ballybay Coffee Morning and Sale. Having supported Christian Aid for over fifty years however, he decided to 'go the extra mile' to mark our 70th anniversary and walked 70km from his home in Ballybay to Cootehill, County Cavan and back via Rockcorry.

He then walked on one more day to Monaghan town and back via Tullycorbett.

The combined distance of these walks is approximately 70km and he took over 91,000 steps in completing his challenge!

Before he set off David said:

'I watched films of so many Syrian (and other) refugees walking to find a future secure from war. I began to ask, why don’t I do a symbolic walk to raise funds for Christian Aid’s response to their needs? Why not walk 70 kms?

'At 70+ years of age I thought of walking over three days, but as I planned possible routes, it began to seem manageable over two days.'

This is a fantastic effort and we thank David for completing such an inspirational challenge for Christian Aid.

 

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