Saturday 30 June 2018

Clonaslee, County Laois

11am - 5.30pm

Help us give poverty the boot

Join us for the Slieve Bloom Hike! 

Whether you're an intrepid hiker or a first timer, the Slieve Bloom Way will satisfy any ability. The area is picturesque, peaceful and one of the least explored in Ireland.

This year's hike offers two scenic routes, a 13km (4.5hr) hill hike and a 6km (2.5hr) family-friendly walk through flat woodland terrain. The 13km hill hike will be led by local guide and Collite Trails Manager -  Richard Jack. Richard has extensive knowledge in the history, flora and fauna of the Slieve Bloom Way.

Slieve Bloom Way, unexplored mountain range in Ireland
Walkers from 2017's Slieve Bloom Hike
Slieve Bloom Hike, outstanding flora and fauna

The cause

Vilia lost her mum and her home when an earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. Bereaved and homeless, she went back to her home town with her husband and children. But life was a struggle, and they had nowhere safe to live. Christian Aid partner KORAL built her a new home that was strong enough to stand up to natural disasters.

On the terrifying night when Hurricane Matthew hit, Vilia’s neighbours fled to shelter with her. As the storm raged, she shared her home with more than 50 of her neighbours for several days. Despite the ferocity of the hurricane, which swept away surrounding homes, her house was barely damaged.

Vilia allowed her home to become an emergency shelter when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti. She is incredibly grateful for the help she’s received but worries about those without a secure home. 

We know how to make it happen – of the 700 houses we built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew. But we’re relying on the kindness of people like you to be able to do more, and reach more of our global neighbours in their hour of need.

Will you walk or hike Slieve Bloom and #StandTogether with your global neighbour Vilia and help build hope in some of the world's poorest countries?

Registration

Registration for both walks takes place at 11am in the Clonaslee community centre. Both walks begin at noon and refreshments for the 6km walk is available at 2.30pm and 5pm for the 13km hill hike. Refreshments are in the community centre.

 

The Slieve Bloom hike is supported by churches and communities in Tullamore, Mountmellick, Roscrea and other towns across counties Laois and Offaly. We thank all communities involved for their continuing support. 

 

For further information on the Slieve Bloom Hike, or if you have any questions please contact Andrew Coleman on 023 88 41468 or email acoleman@christian-aid.org.