THE London Irish Centre has launched a £50,000 fundraiser to support Irish artists whose livelihoods have been “decimated’ by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Announced on January 26 – with 50 days to go until St Patrick’s Day - the London Irish Walk challenges supporters to run or walk at least 50 miles for the Camden-based charity while raising funds along the way.
The organisation hopes every participant will collect at minimum of £150 in funds through their efforts - which must be completed by March 17 - to help them meet their overall target of walking 50,000 miles, which is 100 million steps, and raising £50,000.
“With multiple Covid lockdowns impacting all of us, this is a great opportunity to connect, get active, improve your wellbeing, and raise funds for a great cause,” the LIC explained.
“The London Irish Walk asks you to walk/run at least 50 miles by 17th March,” they added, “50 miles is the minimum, so be as ambitious as you like."
All of the money raised will be used to support Irish culture and artists at a time when the entertainment industry has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns.
“Our brilliant artistic community has been decimated by Covid-19 restrictions, and this is our chance to remind them how much we value their work,” the LIC states.
“We may not have a St. Patrick’s Parade this year, but we will have the London Irish Walk, and together, we’ll have fun, improve wellbeing, and raise funds for a great cause,” they add.
“Think of the fun on St. Patrick’s Night, when we celebrate 100million steps walked and £50,000 raised.”
To sign up for the challenge click here.