Tomorrow morning, on September 30, David Moran and three close friends will set out from Galway and walk to Leitrim to raise money for Pieta House in memory of his brother Mick.
Mick was the eldest of three children of Michael and Margaret Moran, along with his sister Sophie and younger brother David.
He got his engineering degree at GMIT and a Masters from UCD; he was proud of his work at the ESB where he was regularly promoted.
In 1998 he joined the the Defence Forces Reserves, then called the FCA, and was promoted up the ranks to Quartermaster.
His family say that he, “took great pride in every challenge he undertook and put everything into achieving it and celebrating his successes.”
On October 6 of last year, Mick took his own life.
In memory of Mick, and to raise money for Pieta House, David and his friends will walk almost 200km from Eyre Square to Kinlough in Leitrim.
The walk will take seven days, and each day they will stop for a number of bucket collections along the way.
So far this cause has raised over €12,000, and donations can still be made online here.
The walk these four are taking actually follows the same route Mick took himself in 2004, when he raised almost €10,000 in a walk for charity.
Along the way, the four walkers will carry Mick’s backpack, sharing the load between them.
Pieta House is a non-profit that provides support for people who have suicidal thoughts or self-harm.
If you are in distress or are thinking about hurting yourself, please reach out to Pieta House in Galway at Lismoyle House on Merchants Road, or call them at 091 502921.