A local athlete has taken it upon himself to complete a set of gruelling tasks over the course of a year to raise money for the Foyle Hospice.
The Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stevenson, has given her backing to Tommy McCallion who is working his way through a checklist of sporting events in an attempt to do as much fundraising as possible along the way.
Since the start of the year, Tommy has competed in events including the Omagh Half Marathon, the Liam Ball Triathlon, the Foyle Triathlon and the Walled City Marathon. Still to come are the Groomsport Half Iron Man, the Waterside Half Marathon, and the Great North Run - among the 14 challenges he has set for himself for 2014.
Commenting on Tommy’s list of challenges, Mayor Stevenson said: “I am so impressed by the list of events which Tommy has undertaken - he certainly hasn’t set himself an easy challenge, and I support him 100 per cent in his efforts. The Foyle Hospice is one of the city’s most valuable services and they are delighted that Tommy is going to such lengths to support their charity. It sets an amazing example to others, especially regular participants in these events who maybe wouldn’t normally consider raising money.
“I hope that more people will now be inspired to undertake even one of these challenges, and show their support for such a good cause,” the Mayor added.
August will be a busy month with the Lough Neagh Triathlon, the Rock & Roll Half Marathon and the Groomsport Half Iron Man all lined up for the coming weeks, but Tommy, who is a Sports Development Officer with Derry City Council, is hoping his efforts will encourage others to follow suit.
“Over the last few years my family, as well as many others, have been touched by the generosity and sense of care that the staff at the Hospice have shown and I would like to use this year to give something back,” he explained.
“I also hope that it might encourage others to get out there and support these events and maybe take the opportunity to raise some much needed funds for charities such as the Foyle Hospice.” To find out more about how you can support Tommy’s charity challenge you can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org