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26/04/2017 - Donegal Civil Defence to take on Mount Errigal Challenge in aid of Motor Neurone Disease

Donegal Civil Defence MND

Donegal Civil Defence members pictured with John Cunningham, Auxiliary Fire Service(AFS) member, Donegal Civil Defence; Left to right; Michael Feeney, AFS Instructor, Paidin Doherty, Donal Bonner, Patrick Corr, Denis Gallagher, Phonsie McAteer, Paul Rooney, John McGeoghegan, Terence McLaughlin, Jackie McCrudden, Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer


Civil Defence volunteers are preparing to take on the Mount Errigal Challenge in aid of Motor Neurone Disease on Saturday 20 May 2017.


“We are undertaking this challenge to raise much needed funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association following the diagnosis of one of our long serving members and friends within the organisation, Mr. John Cunningham, Carndonagh, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in recent years” says Edel Flynn Donegal Civil Defence Officer.


“John joined Civil Defence on 15 February 2007 and has been an active member ever since. Since joining, John has been a significant role model for young and the not so young, within the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). He worked hard at setting up of the AFS station in Carndonagh, has worked alongside the Donegal Fire Service at gorse fires and was a member of the winning National Civil Defence AFS Pump Drill Team in 2008”.


Despite his diagnosis, John continues as a member of Civil Defence and giving valuable service to his community in any way possible.


Motor Neurone Disease is a neurological condition that does not discriminate, striking people of all ages. There is currently no treatment or cure. The damage caused by MND is progressive so it gets worse over time. MN is a debilitating disease which requires further funding and research. It is with this in mind that Donegal Civil Defence has decided, after seeing at first hand the effects it can have on a person’s quality of life, to fundraise in an effort to support continued research.


On the 20 May, Donegal Civil Defence along with members of Cavan and Sligo Civil Defence will take on the challenge of climbing Errigal Mountain, a (2,464 ft) mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains in Co. Donegal, and the 76th tallest peak in Ireland.


Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by contacting any of the climbers or by logging onto idonate or dropping into the Civil Defence Headquarters, Railway Road , Stranorlar , or call 074 9175665.


Donegal Civil Defence is asking the people of Donegal to support this worthy cause and help change someone’s life.



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