ON Saturday, August 13, the sun shone gloriously with sweltering temperatures and Annaclone Parish Church congregation, along with family and friends and Poppy the dog, took on the mammoth challenge to walk 10 miles to raise funds for the place of worship and the charity Air Ambulance NI.
The route was the Scarva Towpath beginning at the Visitors Centre, right to Newry and back again.
The parish church has been overwhelmed by donations near and far and it would like to thank all those who assisted in anyway, to David in Tesco for his generous refreshments, all who donated and all their walkers who gathered up sponsorship for the event.
For the third year running, the church has chosen Air Ambulance NI as its charity partner, as this is an incredible service in the rural community in which the church is set.
Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the region. Serious or life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at anytime and on average, every single day in Northern Ireland, one individual finds themselves in desperate need of the Air Ambulance.
What is not widely known is that AANI is a charity. Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2 million each year is needed to keep the service operational.
The final total raised overall through sponsorship and online giving was an impressive £6,000. The proceeds were split equally and £3,000 has now been handed over to Air Ambulance NI by church representatives.
The church would like to thank each and every person that made this happen and for the tremendous community spirit.
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