A massive fundraising effort towards a new community centre in Limavady continues this weekend with cyclists, walkers and runners from around the Roe Valley taking to the streets.
Among those donning a pair of trainers for the walk, and praying for dry weather, is Limavady parish priest Monsignor Bryan McCanny. He said fundraising started a year ago for the community facility which he said is badly needed.
“We can see it when it comes to funerals and other events, like weddings, where people don’t have anywhere to go immediately between events, or when there is very bad weather and people have nowhere to go.
“That’s where we feel is the big disadvantage of not having a community hall. Our focus from the word go is that it would be used for the whole community,” said Monsignor McCanny.
Fundraising for the project is ongoing.
“We’re still raising the funds for it. We’ve sold land to the GAA, and we hope to do a further tranche of sale of land, and then we’ve had other activities like what the cyclists have done, so we’ve raised a considerable amount of money already.
“I wouldn’t like to put a date on it, but I would hope that within in the next two or three years we would make a start,” said Monsignor McCanny.
Among the cyclists taking part on Sunday is Jim O’Hara who has helped organise the event.
Mr O’Hara said the event in 2014 was a great success, with more than 200 participants, with great cross community participation.
“It’s a good cause and well worth supporting. This is the second year and it gets everyone behind a good cause,” said Jim.
“It’s a beautiful run around Lough Foyle. We just pray for the good weather!” added Mr O’Hara.
Cyclists can participate in a 50-mile route around the Foyle, which will depart Frank Owens Bar in Limavady between 8-10am. Registration for the cycle is from 8.30am at Frank Owens bar.
For walkers and runners, there is a five-mile route around the town, which will depart Frank Owens Bar at 2pm. Registration/sign in is from 1.30pm at Frank Owens bar.
Afterwards for all participants there will be music and refreshments at Frank Owens bar.
“This is an opportunity for a great community gathering to support a very worthy cause,” added Mr. O’Hara.
For information about the event and about registration or for sponsorship forms call Limavady Parish Office on 028 777 62522; James O’Hara & Sons Garage on 028 777 68141 or J.C Halliday & Sons Garage on 028 71 811470.
There is also a Facebook page about Sunday’s fundraiser event which is called Charity Cycles Northern Ireland.