It’s that time of year again. The annual 5 mile Menlo walk in aid of Ability West is celebrating ten years and this year hope to raise a bumper €10,000 to mark the occasion. The walk takes place on Sunday 12th February, starting at 12:00 Noon from Scoil Bhride Menlo, Galway City. Full details of the event can be found under “Upcoming Events” on www.abilitywest.ie A shuttle bus is available from the city, please contact Brega at 087-6179886
This popular event which will celebrate its 10th year has raised in the region of close to €60,000 for Ability West and is open to everyone. The walk is organised by the Kelly Family whose youngest child Andrew has Autism.
Since turning 18 Andrew has transferred to the adult services of Ability West. Andrew receives a day service from New Directions in Knocknacarra and a respite service in Galway City. These support services are vital to him and to the family. “The transition for Andrew has been seamless from child to adult service with Ability West. Andrew is very happy in himself and it was definitely down to forward planning and an eased move from services that has Andrew in such a good happy, relaxed place, “Explained Ray Kelly, Andrew’s Dad and Chairman of the Board of Ability West.
The Menlo Walk is one example of an important event where much needed funds are raised for Ability West. All of the proceeds raised for and on behalf of Ability West from the Menlo Walk will be used towards their ongoing capital programme which includes new builds, extensions and refurbishments of existing buildings, the purchase of essential aids, appliances, specialised equipment for service users and minibuses
“The walk is a huge part of our year but also its all about community. The Menlo community, our friends and friends of friends who come each year and support us and Ability West. We are so delighted to have raised close to €60,000 and are really hoping that we can raise €10,000 to mark its tenth year. There is tea, coffee and loads of cakes and bakes afterwards, so even if walking isn’t you thing, you can reward yourself with a slice of cake for your effort if nothing else,” said Brega Kelly, Andrew’s Mum, and co-organiser of the Menlo Walk.
You can hear The Kelly Family’s story in full on Galway Bay FM Listen Back Live on the Keith Finnegan Show , just Click Here http://galwaybayfm.ie/keith-finnegan-show-tuesday-january-24th-2017/