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Wednesday, 24th May 2023

Declan goes the distance to honour Wheelchair Association pandemic victims

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Declan Hamilton, the  Area Manager for Irish Wheelchair Association’s Eastern Region, is all set for his 100k challenge tomorrow.

Donate today and support local man's epic 100k journey for a great cause

You often hear of people going the extra mile for charity but how about 100k in ONE day?

That’s exactly the challenge that Drogheda man Declan Hamilton has set for himself to raise funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA).

Tomorrow, Thursday May 25th Declan, aims to complete an impressive 10k on the Ski machine, 10k on the Rowing machine, 30k cycling, 10k on an assault bike, and a 40k run - all in just one day!

His goal is two-fold:  to raise vital funds for the organisation and to honour those who sadly died during the Covid 19 pandemic.

As Area Manager for Irish Wheelchair Association’s Eastern Region, Declan is acutely aware of the crucial contribution that the organisation makes to local communities through its many services such as the provision of personal assistants, education through their School Leavers Programme, and sports while their community centres act as a social hub to those with physical disabilities.

He is also aware of the heartache that remains because of the pandemic and wants to dedicate this fundraiser to the memory of those who sadly lost their lives including IWA service users.

"I have seen first-hand the real impact Irish Wheelchair Association has on the local community and I have met so many great people through my work” Declan said.

“So many families lost loved ones during COVID, and this is my way of giving back something and hopefully putting a smile on people’s faces too as they watch me sweat it out throughout the 100k. No matter how small the donation, every little helps."

Staff and students at IWA’s community centre in Drogheda have rowed in behind Declan and in a show of solidarity and support are collectively trying to match Declan’s 100k in one day over four days this week in the lead up to the big event on Thursday.

Services Co-ordinator Demetria Slevin said: “Every morning we are starting the day with a 2k walk, roll our push, it’s all so positive. Everyone here wants to show our support for the enormous challenge that Declan is taking on.”

Irish Wheelchair Association would like to thank CrossFit Louth, Primal Fitness and The Juice Works for their support with this event. To show your support for Declan and the Irish Wheelchair Association, please make a donation by clicking HERE


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