Redcastle mum to undertake three-day trek in Iceland

Tanya McColgan.
Tanya McColgan.

A Redcastle woman fundraising for Derry-based charity Children in Crossfire is calling on runners, walkers and joggers to join her for a 10k walk/run on Sunday May 22.

The run is one of three fundraisers being planned by mum of three Tanya McColgan, who is to undertake a three day trek of Iceland’s Thoramork Valley for Children in Crossfire in September.

For Tanya, the trek realises a life-long ambition to travel to Iceland and raise much-needed funds for the charity set up in 1996 to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

And Tanya, who has three children Altan (14), Oberon (8) and Amber (7), says the fact that she will be trekking to help other less fortunate children will make it easier to be away from her own family.

“I am pleased to start this journey here at home for this local amazing charity that helps the children in less fortunate countries in Africa get a fair chance in life,” says Tanya, whose goal it is to raise 2,500 euro for the charity.

The walk/run on May 22nd starts at the Carman’s Inn at Ture at 1 O’Clock and ends at Redcastle where refreshments will be served in the village picnic area beside McGowan’s Bar.

People can do the whole 10k or join in at any point along the route.

The cost is 10 Euro per person or 15 euro per family.

Anyone wishing to take part can register on the day or pre-registration will be available at the Point Inn from 8 pm on Thursday May 19th.

The second fundraising event is on Saturday, June 25th at the back of Maiden Heaven, a holistic therapy centre in Redcastle, which is run by Tanya and her sister Karen Browne.

“The idea is to have tea and scones with face painting and a bouncy castle and maybe enjoy a hand massage. People can bring a picnic blanket and make a donation at the gate,” says Tanya.

See www.childrenincrossfire.org for more information on the charity.