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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Rowing : Macpherson overcomes 2 leg surgeries to row for 5th year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chelsea Macpherson still remembers the feeling like it was yesterday. She was racing indoors in the fall of her sophomore year when she suddenly felt a numbness shooting down her leg. She kept feeling popping and clicking in her leg. The pain was unavoidable. She doesn’t forget it.Macpherson has been with the SU women’s rowing team since 2006. That injury, a torn labrum, occurred in 2007. Since then, Macpherson has battled through multiple injuries to come back for a fifth year. Now in the twilight of her career, she has persevered for one reason: a passion for the sport.‘Rowing is the type of sport you can do forever,’ Macpherson said. ‘I’m completely in love with it.’Macpherson underwent hip surgery twice after tearing both labrums. One surgery came after that sophomore year. The second followed her junior year. Sometimes she rowed through the pain, but eventually she learned when to take a break. Macpherson remains a constant presence in the water for the Orange despite the setbacks. She is the longest-tenured member on the Orange.Macpherson’s commitment to the program is even more impressive considering the potential she showed coming into college. Her freshman year, she was rowing on a varsity boat. When she suffered her first hip injury, she was rowing for the Canadian national team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMacpherson’s progress was rapid, but the pain evolved to the point where she had no choice but to take a break.‘My dreams were right there,’ Macpherson said. ‘I could almost taste them. But the pain would get worse every time I rowed.’Macpherson decided that if she wanted to continue rowing, she needed to make sacrifices. She missed the entire 2009-10 season after her second surgery. But Macpherson remained with the Orange after being persuaded by her teammates to come back for a final season.Aside from rowing as the No. 6 seat in a varsity boat, an essential spot in supporting the rhythm of the boat, Macpherson contributes to the team in both tangible and intangible ways, first-year SU head coach Justin Moore said. As the oldest member of such a young team, Macpherson leads by example, Moore said.‘She knows rowing shouldn’t be taken for granted,’ Moore said. ‘She’s just happy to be there.’Macpherson’s parents understand her commitment to the sport. Holly and Iain Macpherson have attended all their daughter’s races this season, including three trips to Boston. Since they are from southern Ontario, that’s no easy feat. Even though the team has struggled this season, finishing last in many of its races this spring, Holly feels the adversity has strengthened the team in preparation for the future.‘Losing, even losing badly, creates character and determination,’ Holly said. ‘We don’t come to see results. We come to see the courage.’And courage is what Macpherson has demonstrated repeatedly throughout her career. Aside from this courage, she brings a true commitment to Syracuse and her team, demonstrated by her decision to come back for a fifth year despite a coaching change and a daunting rebuilding process.‘A lot of the girls that she knew had graduated, but she was devoted to her crew,’ Holly said. ‘Syracuse was good to her, and she wanted to show loyalty.’Despite the grueling surgeries, the five trips to Colorado to see a hip surgeon and the eight-month recovery from each surgery, Macpherson remained. After college, she would like to continue rowing, but she knows she has to be careful about her health.She said even though she loves the sport so much, she must be smart when the pain reoccurs to avoid continued injury.Macpherson vows to stay in touch with the program after she moves onto graduate school at Columbia, and she is ultimately comfortable with the direction the program is heading in as she prepares to depart. Under Moore, Macpherson thinks the program could be ranked in the top 20 nationally within two or three years.Moore said this potential for growth can be attributed in large part to Macpherson, whose actions and attitudes have helped shape the mentality of his young team.‘She has a tremendous appreciation for being able to row, period,’ Moore said. ‘She’s not going to complain when it’s cold or rainy or windy. And it seeps to other members (of the team).’[email protected] Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

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