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We Will Walk 500 miles, and We Will Walk 500 more!
We Will Walk 500 miles, and We Will Walk 500 more!

€ 4070.00

Target : € 5,000.00
Will you be the 1st to support my page? DONATIONS AVAILABLE UNTIL 21 Jun 2020

Dara, Colette, Mícheál, Fióna Sligo

Fundraising For Tumu Tumu Primary Schools Project - Kisiju School Project
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We are fundraising for Tumutumu Primary Schools in Kenya and Kisiju School Tanzania. Your support is very much appreciated.

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We are taking part in We Will Walk 500 miles starting on Monday 11th of May and ending 21 June.

Dara, Fióna, Colette, Katie, Carol, Martin, Jetty and Foireann Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, -Múinteoir Mícheál, Herta, Jade ,Gráinne, Yvonne, Síle, Katriona, LauraAnn, Lynne, Dara, Liz, Sorcha, Donna, Brid agus Samantha,  will walk 500 miles (and maybe 500 more!) for Tumutumu Primary Schools, Kenya and Kisiju School Tanzania.

Tumu Tumu School for the Deaf, is urgently in need of new toilets, and Tumu Tumu Primary School hopes to complete a kitchen we have previously supported. Kisiju School is in need of basic equipment and school supplies.  

All funds raised here will go directly to these very deserving causes.  We hope you can help us by donating whatever you can. Simply click the Donate button above. All donations are processed securely.  You can also share our page using Share options below. 
Many Thanks for your support.

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79

Alyson

06-06-2020

Great cause x

Alyson , many thanks for your donation! Much appreciated !
06-06-2020
50.00

Anonymous

06-06-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation
06-06-2020
10.00

Anonymous

05-06-2020

Good luck. Brian & Barbara Roche

Your very generous donation has taken us over the €4,000 mark! Míle Buiochas !
06-06-2020
200.00

Anonymous

05-06-2020

Chloe, we particularly appreciate your support! Thank you.
06-06-2020
10.00

Norman Family

05-06-2020

Thank you to the Norman family for your kind donation!
05-06-2020
30.00

Anonymous

05-06-2020

Many thanks for your very kind donation
05-06-2020
25.00

Aidan mackey

05-06-2020

Well done Richard and Daragh

Aidan and Shauna thanks for your generous donation. It will go a long way!
05-06-2020
50.00

The Lynchs

02-06-2020

Good luck Dara and co! K, D and M

Thanks so much Katharine, Dave and Muireann! Your generous donation will really help the children!
02-06-2020
50.00

Anonymous

29-05-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation!
29-05-2020

Anonymous

29-05-2020

Thank you for your generous donation, it will go directly to a great cause.
29-05-2020
50.00

Claire & Aisling McMahon

29-05-2020

Good luck x

Many thanks for your donation Claire and Aisling!
29-05-2020
20.00

Anonymous

29-05-2020

Your generous donation is very much appreciated!
29-05-2020

Eithne Curran

28-05-2020

Well done all, a great project.

20.00 Offline Donation

David B.

28-05-2020

Well done to all the Walkers!

50.00 Offline Donation

Anonymous

28-05-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation.
28-05-2020
50.00

Cleo & Ian

28-05-2020

Maith sibh... coinnigh leis!!

Go raibh míle maith agaibh Cleo and Ian!
28-05-2020
40.00

Jimmy giblin

26-05-2020

Well done 'guys' - worthy cause

Thanks for your generous donation Jimmy
27-05-2020
50.00

Tiarnán

25-05-2020

Maith sibh!

Thanks so much Tiarnán
27-05-2020
10.00

Siobhan Sheridan

25-05-2020

Many thanks Siobhán
25-05-2020
10.00

Anonymous

25-05-2020

Many thanks for your very generous donation. It will really help the children!
25-05-2020
50.00

Az

25-05-2020

Thanks so much Az for your generous donation, it will go a long way!
25-05-2020
50.00

Breda and Kevin

25-05-2020

Good luck

Many thanks for your kind donation, Breda and Kevin
25-05-2020
25.00

Sarah Sexton

25-05-2020

Sarah, thank you for your kind donation
25-05-2020
25.00

M&M

25-05-2020

Thank you very much for your generous donation
25-05-2020
50.00

Seamus Waters

22-05-2020

Seamus, many thanks for your donation!
22-05-2020
25.00

Cian Taylor

22-05-2020

Best of luck with it.

Many thanks for your generous donation Cian.
22-05-2020
50.00

Ken Monaghan

22-05-2020

Good man Ken, you took us across the €3000 mark!! You were always a groundbreaker!
22-05-2020
50.00

Fiona McArdle

22-05-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation Fiona
22-05-2020

Sorcha Rooney

21-05-2020

Thank you for your donation Sorcha!
21-05-2020
25.00

Claire Maye

21-05-2020

Well done Dara, Fiona, Colette and Michael

Many thanks Claire
22-05-2020
15.00

Monica & Michael Maloney

21-05-2020

Great cause. Every child deserves an education. Maith sibh.

Many thanks Monica and Michael.
22-05-2020
25.00

Eileen

20-05-2020

Best wishes

Many thanks for your donation Eileen
21-05-2020
50.00

Ailish Flaherty

20-05-2020

Ailish, thank you for your kind donation.
20-05-2020
25.00

Mary and Joe Gallagher

20-05-2020

Fair play Dara and everyone.

Many thanks Mary and Joe
20-05-2020
20.00

Eadaoin Tyrrell

20-05-2020

Best of luck Dara!!

Thank you so much Eadaoin!
20-05-2020
20.00

Tony McCabe

20-05-2020

Well done everyone. Hope you reach your target.

Thank you for your kind donation Tony
20-05-2020
25.00

Stephen

20-05-2020

Many thanks Stephen!
20-05-2020
10.00

Róise

19-05-2020

Our sincere thanks for your very generous donation
20-05-2020
100.00

Colm and Angela D'Arcy

19-05-2020

Well done Fiona.

Thanks so much Angela and Colm, we might just walk 500 more!
19-05-2020
50.00

Anonymous

16-05-2020

Many thanks for your very kind donation
16-05-2020
50.00

Anonymous

15-05-2020

Best wishes to the Project from Seamus and Teresa McCormack

Seamus and Teresa, many thanks for your kind donation.
20-05-2020
50.00

Anonymous

15-05-2020

Best of luck

Sincere thanks for your donation
15-05-2020
25.00

Paula H

15-05-2020

Best of luck- here’s hoping you get beyond your target!

Thank you Paula for your generous donation. It will go a long way!
15-05-2020
50.00

Anonymous

15-05-2020

Best of luck for a great cause. Siobhan

Siobhán thanks so much for your generous donation. It will make such a difference to the children's lives!
15-05-2020
100.00

G Harrison

15-05-2020

Sincere thanks to the Harrisons
15-05-2020

Caroline & Joe McGowan

15-05-2020

Thank you for your kind donation Caroline and Joe!
15-05-2020
25.00

Anonymous

14-05-2020

Thank you for you kind donation
15-05-2020

Anonymous

14-05-2020

Go Dara!

Thank you for you kind donation
15-05-2020
50.00

David and Rose

14-05-2020

Good luck with fundraising.

Thank you for your generous donation
14-05-2020
100.00

Oonagh M.

14-05-2020

Many thanks Oonagh
15-05-2020
10.00

Martina Lynch

14-05-2020

Thank you so much Martina
15-05-2020
50.00

Shay Coyne

13-05-2020

Well done Fiona. Hope this helps

Many thanks for your donation James
13-05-2020
50.00

Lou

13-05-2020

Best of luck to you all! :)

Many thanks for your donation Lou
13-05-2020
40.00

Anonymous

13-05-2020

Sincere thanks for your donation
13-05-2020
30.00

Anonymous

13-05-2020

Best of luck Dara, Fiona, Colette.

Sincere thanks for your donation
13-05-2020
40.00

DMcD

13-05-2020

Well done Dara & all happy walking.

Many thanks Deirdre and family
13-05-2020
20.00

Juan

13-05-2020

Thank you Juan for your kind donation
13-05-2020
35.00

Ann O Neill

13-05-2020

Best of luck Fiona.

Anne, many thanks for your generous donation, it is greatly appreciated.
13-05-2020
100.00

Cathal N

12-05-2020

Great idea and well done to all taking part

Thank you Cathal
13-05-2020
50.00

P.J. and Sinéad Gallagher

12-05-2020

Many thanks to the Gallaghers
13-05-2020
50.00

Clare Mc Morrow

12-05-2020

Well done on making this happen.

Go raibh maith agat Clare
13-05-2020
10.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

Many thanks
13-05-2020
20.00

Declan M

12-05-2020

Well done everybody.

Thank you Declan
13-05-2020
50.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

Best of luck everyone!

Thanks Sarah
13-05-2020
25.00

Noel

12-05-2020

Noel

Thanks Noel for your kind donation.
12-05-2020
100.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

Many thanks
13-05-2020
20.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

We have had quite a number of donations today. Many thanks to you all! We will update with our milage later this evening.!
12-05-2020
25.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

Well done Dara, Gaelscoil and all involved. Delighted to have the opportunity to support this wonderful project. Maith sibh !! Siobhán & family

The 500 Miles Walking Team is delighted with the response to our appeal! Go raibh maith agaibh go léir
12-05-2020
30.00

Anonymous

12-05-2020

Thank you very much
13-05-2020
25.00

Watters family

12-05-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation
13-05-2020
10.00

Anonymous

11-05-2020

Thanks Olwyn and Clann
13-05-2020
100.00

Anonymous

11-05-2020

“Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!!!”

Go raibh míle maith agat!
13-05-2020
500.00

Anonymous

11-05-2020

Well done Dara and all at the Gaelscoil. Julie

Thanks Julie and Clann
13-05-2020
25.00

Kiera Wasson

11-05-2020

Thanks Kiera!
11-05-2020
15.00

Ann Kenny

11-05-2020

Good luck with the walk

Thanks so much Ann!
11-05-2020
100.00

Patricia & Adrian Keane

11-05-2020

Thank you Patrica, Day one has got off to a good start!
11-05-2020
50.00

Síle Gaelscoil

10-05-2020

Maith sibh as an obair mhaith idir lámh agaibh..

Go rabih mile maith agat!
11-05-2020
50.00

Eoin Doherty

10-05-2020

Many thanks for your kind donation to the Tumu Tumu and Kisiju Schools projects. Your money will go a long way towards upgrading the school facilities, especially the toilets and kitchens. Asanta Sana! Colette, Dara, Mícheál, Fióna and friends
10-05-2020
100.00

Anonymous

10-05-2020

Best of luck to a most deserving cause. Every child should have the chance to learn.

Many thanks for your generous donation which which really help children to learn
15-05-2020
300.00

Recent Updates

  • 10 May 2020
    Our challenge starts today Monday! The team will log their distance and we will total that each evening and post to our updates!
  • 11 May 2020
    So, Day 1.. how did we do?! We asked our walkers to use an app to track their distance, and send it on to be counted......the grand total today was 42 Miles!! (67.6km)! Fantastic! Here is a beautiful picture from one of todays walkers. Thanks to all who supported us on our first day.
  • 12 May 2020
    Here are the results from Day 2 of our 500 miles! Our walkers have covered 45 miles! (72.4km). Many thanks to all our very generous donors. We've posted a picture of some of the children from Tumu Tumu School for the Deaf, a regional residential school for children with hearing impairment. Last week, in heavy monsoons, their main pit-latrines, (outdoor long drop toilets) collapsed, and some of the funds raised from this walk will be used to rebuild them.
  • 14 May 2020
    Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré Sligo is twinned with Tumu Tumu Primary School Kenya. Both schools have many similarities-they both have 252 pupils, they teach through their native language but all pupils are bilingual and some are trilingual, and both schools are situated beneath a famous hill, Knocknarea Sligo and Tumu Tumu Hill Kenya. However there are also differences! Pupils at Tumu Tumu School walk many kilometres to and from school and are at school from 8am to 4pm. The link between the schools has given children on both sides of the world the chance to get to know each other and learn about different cultures and traditions.
  • 14 May 2020
    Wednesday was Day 3 of the 500 miles... and the weather was beautiful. The team went all-out today, and clocked up 45 miles. (72.5km). In total over the three days, we have walked 132 miles! The view along the Riverside walk was lovely! Thanks for the continued support!
  • 14 May 2020
    Day 4. A great day for walking today - 68 miles (109.5km), making a total of 200 miles! Thanks to all our donors today. We are very optimistic that we will be able to replace the toilets in the Deaf School before the summertime.
  • 16 May 2020
    Yesterday was Day 5 of the 500 miles! The team walked 58.5 miles (94km), making a total of 258.5 miles, (416 km). We are halfway to our current target. These Children from Tumu Tumu Deaf School will be delighted with the funds raised for them. Thanks to everyone.
  • 17 May 2020
    Day 6 results came in late last night. The walkers totalled a respectable 50 miles! (80.6km). It was the cloudiest day of the last 8 weeks, but the views were still lovely. In the last 6 days the Team have walked 308.5 miles, (496km), and raised €2,560 euros. We are all so grateful to you the donors. Very enthusiastic bunch of walkers, we might just keep going!
  • 17 May 2020
    Day 7... Today was a cold showery day, but our walkers still managed to clock up 37 miles, (59.5km), bringing us to 345.5 miles (556km) in total. Today's picture is of the senior football team in Tumu Tumu Primary School, wearing their first ever football kits, kindly donated by Cúl Camps in 2019. A little bit of Ireland in Kenya! Thanks to all our donors for your support and we look forward to another week of walking.
  • 18 May 2020
    Week 2. Day 8 is off to a great start with 58 miles (93km) covered today, bringing us to 403.5 miles ( 648.5km). We are walking apart, but together, walking as one to raise much needed funds for our schools in Kenya and Tanzania. Our daily walk symbolises the long walk, often several kilometres, that African children face to get to and from school everyday. Education is vital in these communities and we will continue our mission to support all the children in our sister schools. Our sincere thanks for your continued support.
  • 20 May 2020
    Today, Tuesday was Day 9 and the re-appearance of the good weather spurred us on to walk further and faster! We covered 54 miles today, (87km), bringing us to 457.5 miles in total! (736km). Our 500 mile target is so close, that we are tempted to walk 500 more! If waking means that we can continue to raise funds for the children in our three schools, who face huge challenges every day of their lives, then we can, and will, walk a thousand miles to bring help to their door. Thank you all for your support.
  • 20 May 2020
    Today is Day 10 and "We have walked 500 miles!!". Today we covered 48 miles ( 72km), bringing us to 505..5 miles (813.5km) smashing our target of 500 miles!! We are absolutely delighted with the support so far and having walked 500 miles, we are more determined than ever to "walk 500 more". To match our good news, we had great news from Kenya today. The children from Tumu Tumu Primary School achieved the highest marks in the province in their state exams, taken earlier this year, and the children from Tumu Tumu Deaf School achieved their second highest mark ever in the state exams! Despite all their challenges, these children strive to learn. They are well worth walking for! Thank you for your support.
  • 21 May 2020
    Day 11 was another great day of walking. We covered 45 miles (72.5km), bringing us to 550.5 miles in total. (886 km). Thanks to you, our very generous donors, we have raised almost €3,000 for our three schools. Wet and windy weather is approaching, but we won't let that deter us from our new target of 1,000 miles!
  • 22 May 2020
    Today was day 12, and we covered 47 miles, (75.5km), taking us to 597.5 miles in total, ( 961.6km). We also crashed through the €3,000 euros mark in our fundraising! We are so grateful to all our donors. Even high winds and rain did not deter our walkers from their mission!!
  • 24 May 2020
    Today, Saturday, was day 13, and the team covered 62 miles, (100km), an incredible total, bringing us to 659.5 miles (1,061km)! We will probably breach the 700 mile target before the Bank Holiday! Thanks to you all for the support. We are enjoying every minute of it!
  • 25 May 2020
    Yesterday, Sunday, was Day 14. Another great day for walking. We didn't have to wait for the Bank Holiday to break the 700 miles, because today we covered 76.5 miles, (123km), bringing us to to 708 miles, (1,139km). The 'One Thousand Miles' is within our sights! We want to thank all of you, our donors, for your incredible contribution to our cause. The difference each and every one of you will make to these children's lives, is worth more than words can say.
  • 25 May 2020
    Today was Day 15 and we entered the third week of our walk buoyed by the generosity of our donors. We walked 65 miles today, (104km), making a total of 773 miles, (1,244km)! Pictured above is a classroom in Kisiju Mission school, a school set up to give girls an education, and an alternative to marrying very young. The school is in urgent need of basic items such as furniture, books and stationery and part of the funds raised here will go to this very deserving cause. Funding this school will help more than one generation, as girls in Tanzania who complete their primary education, are much more likely to send their own children to school.
  • 26 May 2020
    Today was Day 16 and we walked 66 miles (106km) in glorious sunshine taking us to an incredible 839 miles, (1,350km). Schools in Africa are being hit hard by the economic effects of COVID-19 and usual fundraising on which so many schools depend, cannot take place. We are so grateful to our donors who have made it possible for us to raise much needed funds during lockdown to support our schools in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • 27 May 2020
    Today was Day 17 of our walk for Tumu Tumu Primary School, Tumu Tumu Deaf School and Kisiju Mission School. On a scorching hot day we covered 71 miles (114km) bringing us to an incredible total of 910 miles! (1,464km)!. Well done to our dedicated walkers. Currently Tumu Tumu Primary is closed because of COVID 19 and teachers are working hard to support their pupils at home. It is a different support than the zoom lessons here. Teachers in Tumu Tumu are worried about their pupils getting enough food at home and having to assist their parents with manual work in order to earn money. Not all children will have easy access to running water let alone hand sanitiser so it is very difficult to protect themselves against coronavirus. The children at Tumu Tumu Deaf school are residential and many remain there during the crisis. Access to water is limited and teachers main focus is protecting the children as well as trying to ensure adequate food. Kisiju faces similar problems and like the Tumu Tumu Schools relies on help and support from local communities as well as fundraising. Many thanks to our donors for your continued support.
  • 28 May 2020
    Today was Day 18 of our walk and it was another beautiful sunny day. We covered 55 miles today (88.5km),bringing us to 965.5 miles in total. (1,554km). We will crash through the 1000 miles by the weekend. We also crashed through the €3,500 mark in donations so we are 70% of the way to our target of €5000 euro. The scorching heat today brought to mind the lack of water access at Tumu Tumu Deaf School and the hope that some of the money raised here can start our project to build a well there. Thank you for donating to our cause. We will keep on walking!
  • 30 May 2020
    Yesterday, Friday, was Day 19 of our challenge. The team walked a fantastic 69 miles (111km), racing through the 1000 mile mark to 1034.5 miles in total. (1,665km) There is no stopping us! We are now aiming to hit 1,500 miles which is a quarter of the actual walking distance from Ireland to Kenya! We are delighted with the response to our challenge and appreciate all the donations. Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Your money will go directly to our schools and we will be able to rebuild toilets, build dining rooms and kitchens for the children and supply the equipment needed to start the kindergarten. We are one world in times like this. Ní neart go cur le chéile.
  • 31 May 2020
    Saturday was Day 20 of our walk and on another scorching hot day, the team covered 57.5 miles (91.7km) bringing us to 1,092 miles! (1,757 km). Pictured here in Nairobi Kenya, is the Mercy College team who visited Tumu Tumu High school on a cultural exchange last October. During this trip they visited and undertook a sponsorship committment to Tumu Tumu Deaf School. They also visited Tumu Tumu Primary School which is twinned with Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré. Thanks to all our supporters and to our determined walkers!
  • 01 Jun 2020
    Sunday, Day 21, saw us walk 61miles (98km), bringing us to 1,153 miles in total. (1,855km) News from Kenya this week shows people under the threat not just of COVID-19 but also serious locust plagues which have hit the north of the country as well as devastating floods which have left thousands of families homeless. Locusts in Kenya are currently ravaging crops to the extent of eating daily the amount of food that would feed 2,500 people. However bad things are in Europe and Ireland, the triple devastation in East Africa is unimaginable. Now, more than ever, we will continue our fundraising drive. We thank you sincerely for your support.
  • 02 Jun 2020
    Day 22 of our walk was Bank Holiday Monday another sunny day perfect for walking. We clocked up 65 miles today (104.5km) bringing our total to 1,218 miles! (1,960lm). The determination of our walkers is unfailing. COVID-19 is really taking hold in East Africa now and funding to rural areas has taken a huge hit. Our funds will go directly to our causes and to specified projects which will directly benefit not just the current pupils but many years of future pupils. We are so grateful to our donors.
  • 04 Jun 2020
    Day 23 of our walk was yesterday Tuesday. We walked 45 miles (72.5km), bringing us to 1,263 miles. (2,032 km). Thankfully it was a little cooler and easier to walk. One thing we have all come to realise is how many beautiful places we have to walk within our 5km lockdown zone. We are seeing the beauty on our doorstep for the first time! Well done walkers and thank you to our kind donors! Go raibh maith agaibh.
  • 04 Jun 2020
    Today, Wednesday was Day 24 of our walk. Although sunny, there was quite a breeze especially near the sea, but this did not deter our walkers! We covered an amazing 50.5 miles (85 km) today taking us to 1,313.5 miles. (2,113 km). Schools in East Africa remain shut and pupils are uncertain about their future especially with the diversion of Government funds to COVID 19 and flood disaster relief. We are very happy that we will be able to use our funds to ensure the repair and development of our schools so that they can reopen and children can return to education and self sufficiency. If you are reading our blog for the first time we would ask you to please help us to support these children. Please give what you can to give these children a little leg up on the education ladder. We should remind ourselves that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" (Nelson Mandela).
  • 05 Jun 2020
    Thursday was Day 25 of our 500 mile challenge. We walked 56 miles (90km),bringing us to a total 1369.5 miles. (2,203km) We are well on the way to completing our third 500 miles. In rural Tanzania, children who are out of school have no choice but to work long hours to help support their families. Although schooling is mandatory for children aged 7-15 in Tanzania, universal primary education has not yet been achieved. School fees and compulsory purchase of shoes are amongst the barriers. Schools like Kisiju Mission School are attempting to combat this and with your support we can help them. Many thanks to our walkers and donors.
  • 06 Jun 2020
    Friday was Day 26 of our walk and was a hugely successful day all round. We walked 44 miles (70.8km), bring us to 1,413.5 miles, (2,274km), only leaving a small sprint to the 1,500 mile mark. We also crashed through the €4,000 euro mark in donations. We are exceptionally grateful to all of you who have donated to our cause. We are overwhelmed with the support we have received so far and are really buoyed that so many of you have given your hearts and your supports to these amazing children in East Africa who struggle against the odds to learn. We know for sure that they will be forever grateful to you. Pictured above is our very dear friend Sammy Kariuki whom we first met as a small boy in Tumu Tumu Primary School almost thirty years ago. A little help from us many years ago was all it took for this very clever little boy to become one of Nairobi's finest solicitors today. Sammy is a regular visitor back to Tumu Tumu where he works tirelessly to oversee our charities and to ensure that every cent you donate goes directly to benefit the children.

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