Garda Ken gets set to carry up Carrauntoohil

first_imgWhatsApp NewsCommunityGarda Ken gets set to carry up CarrauntoohilBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2020 972 Print Facebook Twitter A LIMERICK Garda is planning to carry a rowing machine to the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain where he will row a distance of ten kilometres to raise funds for children battling terminal and serious illnesses.Ken McDonald from Ashbrook Gardens on the Ennis Road has set a €30,000 target for his “Carry up Carrauntoohill” fundraiser to cover the cost of repairs to the Share A Dream ‘Dreamland’ play area which was broken into a number of times last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The one of a kind fantasy play land on the Dublin Road allows for non-able bodied children to play with their able-bodied siblings and friends.A champion rower and training instructor at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Garda McDonald told the Limerick Post that he was determined to help the Share a Dream Foundation after meeting its founder Shay Kinsella last year.“To say I was blown away by the amazing work being done by the charity for seriously ill and disabled children all over Ireland for the last 27 years, would be an understatement.“Not only do Share a Dream make dreams come true for children fighting terrible life threatening illnesses but they have also built the very first ever all- inclusive magical indoor Fun Centre called Dreamland.”Garda McDonald said the charity relies solely on donations and the goodwill of the community and does not receive any government funding.“So, when the charity suffered two major break-ins last year causing thousands of euros worth of damages, I decided I had to do something to raise much needed funds for repairs and to make dreams come true for terminally ill children while raising more national awareness that the charity deserves.”“Rowing is my passion and I have been so fortunate in my career to have broken the World indoor record over 1000m last November at the Provincial rowing Championships; I won the Rhine marathon in Germany in a men’s coxed quad, and won two Gold medals at the World Masters rowing championships in Budapest.“So, whatever I decided to do, it had to be associated with rowing. After witnessing the amazing courage and determination that the children endure daily to find some quality in life, I decided I would challenge myself to the limit for Share a Dream.”He plans to carry out his ‘Carry up Carrauntoohill’ challenge on Saturday, March 28.“I will be attempting to carry my rowing machine, which weighs 26kgs up Carrauntoohill and then row 10 kilometres before bringing it back down.“My aim is to raise €30,000 rectify the damage caused by the break-ins and so that this wonderful organisation can continue making dreams come true for very sick children.”He is now encouraging people to take part in raising funds by organising a sponsored cycle on a stationary bike or rowing machine; a sponsored head shave/beard shave.“Or why not get out with the kids and go for a walk or a climb in your local area,” he suggests.Online donations can be made at on iDonate or contact 061-200080 to get a sponsor pack.center_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleCity’s churches will fill for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleWATCH: Munster earn bonus point win over Zebre David Raleighlast_img read more

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‘Where in the world could this child be?’: Investigators scour park for 6th day in search for little Maddox Ritch

first_imgWSOC(GASTONIA, N.C.) — Thursday marks day six of the desperate search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch, who mysteriously vanished in broad daylight in a North Carolina park Saturday.As investigators continue to scour the area, former FBI agent Brad Garrett says he is left wondering, “Where in the world could this child be?”“The biggest concern with any child of tender age being gone for days is their ability to survive,” Garrett, now an ABC News contributor, said Thursday. “Is anybody taking care of him? Has somebody harmed him? Or is he alone in the woods someplace?“How do you sort of disappear off the face of the earth at that point if you’re a 6-year-old child?” Maddox, who has autism and does not talk, was at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia with his father, Ian Ritch, and another adult when he started sprinting roughly 25 to 30 feet ahead of his father, Ritch told reporters.“I feel guilt for letting him get so far ahead of me,” Ritch told reporters.The boy has diabetes and neuropathy in his feet that can make it difficult for him to run, his father said.“As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking,” Ritch said. Ritch notified a park employee, who called 911, and state and federal authorities soon descending on the scene.Investigators have checked dumpsters, scoured the grounds with police dogs, searched the park’s lake using sonar and divers and scanned the area with helicopters and drones.Authorities have also recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and are playing those messages in the woods in the hopes that their voices will persuade him to come out if he’s there. Authorities are pleading with anyone who was at the park that day to come forward, and Garrett said any witness can be key to piecing together the timeline of what happened that day at the park.Garrett also suggested that authorities analyze surveillance video from the park parking lot and nearby intersections.Another concern is foul play.  “It’s certainly logical as time goes on that somebody has grabbed him. That could be a stranger, I suppose that could be somebody that Maddox knows,” Garrett said.Investigators may also check for any sex offenders living in or around Gastonia to see where they were when Maddox disappeared and whether they themselves are now missing, Garrett said. “Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living,” the little boy’s mother, Carrie Ritch, told reporters Tuesday.“If you were at the park Saturday and saw Maddox … please, urgently, please call the tip line,” she said through tears. “I want my baby back in my arms.”Anyone who was at the park Saturday is asked to call 704-869-1075. A $10,000 reward is being offered. “We have spoken to many people who were there but we want to make sure we talk to them all,” Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said. “No piece of information is too small. Something you may think is insignificant could be helpful to our case.”Maddox has blond hair and blue eyes, weighs 45 pounds and is 4 feet tall, police said. He was wearing black shorts, closed-toe sandals and an orange T-shirt that reads “I am the Man” at the time he went missing, according to police.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The Rise of the #T-MOOC (Twitter MOOC) – India HR Chat | India HR Chat

first_img “Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have gained tremendous popularity over the last couple of years. The New York Times dubbed 2012 -‘The Year of the MOOC,’ and it has since become one of the hottest topics in education. “Read full article Previous Article Next Article The Rise of the #T-MOOC (Twitter MOOC) – India HR Chat | India HR ChatShared from missc on 16 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img read more

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‘Barcelona are a finished club!’ Football fans react to shock transfer news

first_img1 If you had told Tottenham Hotspur fans two years ago that Paulinho would one day play for Barcelona, they would have never believed you.But, in the strange and baffling universe, the Spanish giants are, rather stunningly, tracking the Brazil star.The latest news sees Barcelona having a £22million bid for the Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder rejected.And this revelation has left supporters around the globe laughing both the prospect of Paulinho joined the Catalans, and the fact the Chinese club have rejected their advances.You can see how football fans reacted on Twitter below…last_img read more

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Arcata girls shutout Del Norte

first_imgThe Arcata Tigers made easy work of the visiting Del Norte Warriors on a wet, rainy field in the first round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League girls soccer tournament with an 8-0 victory Tuesday afternoon in Arcata.The Tigers (12-6-1) jumped out to an early lead with a spectacular first-half goal from freshman midfielder Annie Macdonald. Macdonald’s goal would be the first of many for a Tigers squad that was firing on all cylinders on Tuesday.Arcata was able to keep the Warriors (4-11) off …last_img read more

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