Canon Crooks sets off on epic cycle to raise funds for humanitarian development in Madagascar

Well-known Church of Ireland clergyman Rev. Canon David Crooks commenced a series of lengthy cycle rides to raise funds for humanitarian development in Madagascar.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 11:29 am
Updated Thursday, 8th July 2021, 11:36 am
Rev Canon David Crooks (Rector of Taughboyne Group of Parishes) and his brother-in-law, Rt Rev Hall Spiers, Bishop of Mahajanga.
Rev Canon David Crooks (Rector of Taughboyne Group of Parishes) and his brother-in-law, Rt Rev Hall Spiers, Bishop of Mahajanga.

Rev. Canon David Crooks, who is Rector of Taughboyne with Craigadooish, All Saints and Killea, set off from Moville to Newtowncunningham (a distance of 41km), on Wednesday to raise funds for the ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal, with which he is especially sympathetic.

Canon Crooks, who is the Rural Dean for Raphoe and Inishowen, has a family connection with the Malagasy diocese. His brother-in-law, Rt. Rev Hall Spiers, is Bishop of Mahajanga.

Canon Crooks says the ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal is, in reality, a development project and is deserving of all our support.

“We know already,” he says, “that Bishop Speers is most grateful for our support”.

The Diocese of Mahajanga, in north-west Madagascar, is part of the Anglican Communion’s Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.

At 11am on Tuesday, July 13, he will cycle from Convoy Church to Donaghmore, Monellan and back to Convoy – a distance of 27km.

The third and final leg will take place on Monday 19th July, when Canon Crooks will cycle from Raphoe Cathedral to Clonleigh, Lifford, then to Raymochy, Manorcunningham and back to Raphoe, departing the Cathedral at 1.00pm. He will be joined on this last 40 kilometre leg by Raphoe parishioners Colvin Beattie, Rodney Lindsay, William Laird and Geoffrey Devenney.

Donations for the ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal will be gratefully received c/o Taughboyne Rectory, Churchtown, Carrigans, Lifford, Co. Donegal.