Stepping out for charity
Thursday, 30 March 2017
A RETIRED university lecturer will visit County Antrim next month as part of his fundraising walk around the Northern Ireland coastline.
Dr Marty Holland, who is originally from Belfast, will boost the coffers of the Friends of the Cancer Centre. The 65-year-old now lives in County Clare.
Marty set off on his 470Km challenge at Narrow Water in Newry on Monday, March 20 and is making his way round the coast before finishing in Muff, County Donegal on Thursday, April 13.
He hopes to complete between 20 and 30 km per day, depending on conditions. As well as taking on the walking challenge, Marty will be relying on the generosity of the public as he hopes to stay with local families along the way to help keep his costs down.
Marty was inspired to take up the challenge after witnessing two close friends battle cancer in recent times.
He said: "Like so many others, I have lost friends and loved ones to cancer and the sense of powerlessness I felt when my friends passed away has motivated me to get out there and do something positive to help combat cancer.
“Friends of the Cancer Centre is a fantastic local charity which funds vital work and I hope that by taking on this challenge and raising money, it will help the charity continue to support local cancer patients and their families."
As well as taking on the mammoth challenge, Marty is also calling on people to show their support by offering him a place to stay each night.
He said: "To help keep costs down and to give as much back to the charity as possible, I am calling on the people of Antrim to support me by offering me a place to put my head down for the night or to help transport my luggage from point to point along the route.
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