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World’s Largest Charity Walk in Rathcoole Park on Saturday 7th August

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Archived on 18/08/2010

World’s Largest Charity Walk

World Record attempt in Rathcoole in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

GRAB your friends and head to Rathcoole Park on Saturday 7th August, to join former athletics world champion John Treacy, model Pippa O’Connor, some well known local faces and prominent sports stars in a NEW Guinness Book of Records world record attempt!

Last year, on a day to remember, over 2,000 people from the Four Districts of Rathcoole, Saggart, Newcastle and Brittas converged on Rathcoole Park, in the West Dublin Village of Rathcoole, and set a new world record for the most people to walk one mile for charity in one day.


This unique Recession Friendly event is a great value for money day out which is based on mass participation at a small cost (€10 per adult) in return for a great family fun day and helping to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. This year we are aiming for 10,000 walkers, so come and join us and help us reach our €100K Fund raising target!!


We all have one life and we all know of at least one life that has been touched by cancer. This world record attempt – under the watchful eye of the Guinness Book of World Records adjudicators – is one determined attempt of a community to come together to aid those whose lives have been hit by cancer.


Here's how it works:


From 10.00am until 6.00pm on Saturday 7th August EVERBODY is invited to turn up at a time that suits them, show their €10 Ticket then walk a mile in the Park.


Tickets are available on the Day and are €10 per adult and when


“Mom or Dad walk a mile for Charity all the kids stuff is FREE for children Under 12!!!!”


For those who would rather walk a little further, a 6 mile walk will commence from the Park at 3.00pm and will take in the beautiful surrounding countryside of South County Dublin. The last mile of this will be in the Park and will contribute to the world record attempt.


There will be lots of FREE family fun activities and entertainment in the Park during the day. This year you can:


  • Listen to the FM104 RoadHog;
  • Try your hand at Go Karting;
  • Maybe you would like Archery, Shooting or Kayaking!!!
  • Try the Bungee Trampoline
  • Be brave and try your hand at Zorbing!!!
  • Or maybe you would just like to relax and catch up with old friends over a coffee in the luxurious 150 seater Marquee which is the “Rathcoole Perk” Coffee Shop;


 If that doesn’t appeal then last years old favourites are back:

  • Bouncy Castles;
  • Penalty Shootouts;
  • Facepainting; and the
  • Aer Corps!!


Parking will be provided:


1)     In the Park;

2)     Citywest Hotel; and

3)     Commercials Hurling Club


Once the record breaking attempt officially ends all participants are invited to gather at Citywest hotel, for the World Record Party from 8pm onwards, where the Guinness World Record result will be announced!


Last year Paddy Casey provided the entertainment on a great night, this year log on to our new website, to find out all you need to know about the day and who our Party Special Guest will be!


Remember every person counts - every mile counts. Play your part and help us set a new World Record for Charity.

















We all know someone who has been affected in some way by cancer. This walk is a chance to do something small to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society - a very deserving cause.

Rathcoole resident Michael Ryan was inspired to establish this unique event after participating in the Annual Irish Cancer Society walk in 2009.


“I took part in the Irish Cancer Society's Annual Spring Walk, which involved spending a week hiking 100km through the beautiful Alpine countryside of Slovenia,” Michael explained.


“I was amazed by the strength of character and vitality of the amazing personalities I met on this tour, who each have either encountered first hand the cruel blow of cancer or have suffered the loss of loved ones to this terrible disease.


“I determined that upon my return I would do something which would make a difference to this Cause. Their unbroken spirit in the face of such adversity should inspire us all to count our blessings and move heaven and earth to ensure Ireland has Cancer Care we can all be proud of.”
























25,465 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Ireland in 2005 and the National Cancer Registry estimates that this figure will rise to 41,743 cases by 2020, which represents a 62% increase.


The existing incidence and predicted increase is largely associated with an ageing population as age is the biggest risk factor for cancer as well as a growing population (up to 4.2 million as indicated in Census 2006). The increases are also attributed to a general neglect of healthy lifestyle behaviours. Latest data shows that in 2005 a total of 7,115 people developed cancer in Dublin.


Last year

  • €1.7m was spent on the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service. The provision of this service means that patients can remain at home with the support of a night nurse when they are very ill. Of the 1,642 families who availed of this service last year, 301 of these families were in County Dublin.
  • €920,220 funded the employment of twenty-seven hospital based cancer liaison nurses who work in major cancer treatment hospitals across the country and twelve of these nurses are employed in Dublin Hospitals (St Vincent’s, St James’s, St Luke’s, Tallaght, the Mater and Beaumont hospital.) These nurses provide an important link between the patient and other healthcare professionals during the cancer journey, giving vital information and emotional support.
  • Irish Cancer Society Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700), which is staffed by nurses trained in cancer care, who offer advice, information and support to anyone worried about any aspect of cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment. The Helpline received 12,468 calls last year and 5,611 of these calls were from callers in County Dublin.







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