Maling head to mizen head walk

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Irish Red Cross Youth donned their walking shoes for a trek that took them from one end of the country to the other, virtually, at least.

Seven branches from all over Ireland took part in the Malin Head to Mizen Head challenge over the Irish Red Cross Youth course of eight days and managed to virtually travel the distance between the two points an impressive eight and a half times.

Irish Red Cross Youth members, their families and their branches took to the road for the challenge, with some participants cycling or running a portion of the distance.

Around 260 people, made up of members and their families, took part in the challenge, which aimed to encourage people to exercise together to boost their mental help and explore their local area.

Bernie Rutherford, National Director of Youth, was delighted with the enthusiasm with which the IRCY members approached the activity.

“I was very pleased with the response from youth members and their families and the distance achieved together was excellent and shows the power of team work in action. We are all missing the interaction with our branches, especially youth members. The IRCY Positive Mental Health programme encourages exercise, family activities and meeting friends. This challenge allowed our youth members to actively engage in these activities during lockdown.”