Kiltipper Ramblers to promote walks and county tourism from charity event

By Mary Dennehy

CHARITY walking event Ramble Aid was officially launched last weekend, with a call out to community groups, clubs, schools and individuals to get involved for a good cause.

Established in 2011 by the South Dublin County Sports Partnership, Ramble Aid has over recent years successfully promoted local walking routes and parks – in an attempt to get people active while raising money for charity.

However, due to staff constraints, the sports partnership was struggling to keep Ramble Aid up-and running – resulting in the event being awarded to energetic community group Kiltipper Ramblers, which not only promotes walking and local routes, but is working hard to promote Tallaght as a tourist destination.

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Last Sunday, Kiltipper Ramblers, with special guest Mary McLoughlin, who is Tallaght Person of the Year, launched Ramble Aid and the event’s new website at a reception in the Kiltipper Inn.

Three walks will take place on Saturday, September 26 which, fully supervised by experienced leaders, are graded to different fitness levels.

The walks include a 5k and 10k loop walk of Bohernbreena Reservoir, an 8k ramble of Maureen’s Brook in Glen na Smole and a 4 Peaks Challenge which involves a 10k hike, Seefin to Kippure loop, for those with a good level of fitness.

Members of the community are invited to do Ramble Aid for a chosen charity, with the €15 Ramble Aid registration being split between the walk’s chosen charities of The Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice and TeenLine.

Participants will get a Ramble Aid t-shirt, Ramble Aid water bottle and sponsorship card for their own charity with their €15 registration.

Simon Sweeney, the cofounder of Kiltipper Ramblers, said: “All of the merchandise has been sponsored by local business and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their support and community spirit.

“We have had a great response so far and are looking forward to Ramble Aid being a big success.” The event’s sponsors to date include The Kiltipper Café Bar, IDM Transport, HWP.ie, Landscape Depot Wincom Engineering and Charles Camping.

To register go to Ramble Aid.ie or call the Kiltipper Ramblers on 083 4552353.

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