Tullamore Churches Together Launch Charity Hike on Slieve Bloom With Christian Aid

Tullamore Churches Together launched a charity hike on the Slieve Bloom to raise funds for refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and the Middle East, as well as people fighting poverty in some of the world’s poorest communities in the world.


The Christian Aid Slieve Bloom Hike, will take place on Saturday 14th May, is an initiative of churches in Offaly and Laois in conjunction with overseas aid charity, Christian Aid Ireland.

Tullamore Churches Together Launch Charity Hike on Slieve Bloom With Christian Aid

Tullamore Churches Together, support Christian Aid Slieve Bloom Hike on Saturday 14th May. (Left to Right) Rev. William Hayes (Tullamore and Mountmellick Presbyterian Church), Joyce Meredith (Mountmellick Church of Ireland parish), Annette Evans (Alpha Youth Worker- Midlands) Sister Genny Hassey (Tullamore Roman Catholic Parish/ Pastoral Staff). Also involved but not in photo: Rev. Isaac Delamare (Tullamore Church of Ireland ) and Rev. David Hutton-Bury (Geashill Church of Ireland).

Venue: Slieve Bloom Mountains, Clonaslee, County Laois


Date: Saturday 14 May 2016

Walk lead by local environmentalist, Richard Jack


Rev. William Hayes of Tullamore and Mountmellick Presbyterian Church, said:


“The family friendly Christian Aid Slieve Bloom Hike is being supported by churches and communities throughout Laois and Offaly and will raise funds for the work of Christian Aid in the developing world.


“We are walking in solidarity with so many people in the developing world today, poor communities and individuals, refugees who are walking, travelling for days, taking long, and unsafe journeys to seek safety and sanctuary from conflict.


“We are walking with communities devastated by the effects of climate change, such as in Bangladesh, where homes  are washed and away and lives lost during flooding. With people with no access to clean water, schools, doctors or medical services – all things we take for granted in Ireland but it is vital for millions of people throughout the world today. By walking on Saturday 14th May we can support their lives and raise funds that can change their lives and bring hope to many people”.


“Because I like the work of Christian Aid Ireland they do with partners throughout the world to support and empower poor communities and raise crucial funds to support that work”.


“We are hoping people will come out on the day and raise funds for the crucial work of Christian Aid partners such as in Bangladesh and throughout the world and enjoy the beauty of the Slieve Bloom in the company local environmentalist from Tullamore, Richard Jack.”


Details of the hike are available on the Christian Aid Ireland website – http://www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/events/trekking/slieve-bloom-hike.aspx


Group  of  Churches (8 churches, groups )

  • Tullamore Roman Catholic Parish
  • Tullamore Union of parishes ( Church of Ireland)
  • Tullamore Presbyterian Church
  • Tullamore Methodist Church
  • Mountmellick Union of Parishes( Church of Ireland)
  • Mountmellick Presbyterian Church
  • Mountmellick Methodist Church
  • Geashill Union of Parishes ( Church of Ireland)



For further information please contact Andrew Coleman, Christian Aid, Cork, on 023 88 41468 or 087 243 9280, or email acoleman@christian-aid.org.



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