THE annual Christian Aid Sheep’s Head Hike will take place on Saturday, September 7th.
Now in its 11th year, it is the biggest hiking event on one of Ireland’s best-loved walking routes.
Christian Aid’s fundraising event has raised over €72,000 since it began in 2008 and attracts more than 200 walkers annually. Walk organiser, Andrew Coleman of Christian Aid’s Cork office said: ‘We hope that people will join us again this year to raise vital funds to support the work of Christian Aid Ireland. The donations raised will bring hope to people as they strive to rebuild their future after a disaster, escape from abject poverty and assert their human rights.’
The event caters for all levels of fitness. There are three routes to choose from with a local guide on hand to describe the unique history and landscape features. Route 1 is 10.5 km (4.5 hours) for more experienced walkers; Route 2 is 6.5 km (2.5 hours) and is suitable for families and Route 3 is the least demanding (5km and 1âours) and brings walkers across the old military road from Ahakista to Kilcrohane.
Registration begins at 10am on the day of the hike in Kilcrohane Community Hall, Kilcrohane village. There is no registration fee, instead walkers are asked to make a donation to Christian Aid. Andrew thanked the community of West Cork for their support: ‘The hike is organised by a local committee and is made possible by the support of many volunteers – group leaders, bus drivers and caterers. A big ‘thank you’ to the Red Cross, Rural Transport, and The Gourmet Grill for their steadfast support again this year.’ For more, see christianaid.ie.