Three friends have taken on a challenge to walk and run a combined distance of 1,000 kilometers during the month of May to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute based in Galway.
Georgia Mellotte from Westport, Sinead Bourke from Cashel and Louise Lynch from Macroom are all studying nutritional sciences in UCC, currently on placement at nutrition company Glanbia in Kilkenny.
The three students had more spare time than usual during the pandemic, so they decided to put it to good use by taking on the fundraising challenge during May and help support breast cancer research.
Their goal equals the distance of the Ireland Way, a hiking trail which runs the length of the country from Castletownbere in Cork to the Giants Causeway in Antrim.
But due to COVID restrictions, their 1,000 km challenge will be taking place around the streets of Kilkenny.
One in 11 Irish women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before 75 years of age with over 3,500 cases diagnosed annually, and monies raised will go directly to support the breast cancer research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin, based at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Sinead Bourke said, “We have chosen this charity as it is one close to our hearts and we are hoping that those who come across the campaign can make even a small donation to our GoFundMe page and contribute to helping women across Ireland by supporting the breast cancer research team.”
To find out more about the 1,000km challenge and help support breast cancer research check out their GoFundMe page.