LIMERICK man, Bernard Quinn, is walking 100,000 steps in one day for St.Gabriels new respite centre.
On Wednesday July 1st he will set off in Mungret Park where he will walk for the day until he reaches his milestone target.
“My children go to St. Nessans NS in Mungret, so in more normal times, I would drive past the Respite House most days.
“Seeing it lie idle, has been something that doesn’t sit right with me as a father. Also, we have used St. Gabriel’s services, in terms of their Hydrotherapy pool and the early intervention team; as both my daughter’s have Fragile X syndrome.” he said.
“However, the main trigger for me was the Covid-19 pandemic. We were struggling with the lack of structure and lack of services, so we could only imagine what families with more complex needs we’re going through!
“I saw some of the interviews from parents and the interview by Maire O’Leary, the CEO of St. Gabriel’s and just felt a need to do something, do anything! They’ve given me their backing and their blessing, so off I go!” he added.
“My plan is to get up early on the morning and do 2/3 hours walking before having breakfast and heading to Mungret park for the day and walk for 3 hour blocks!
“I hope that sticking to one place might get the community involved and that people might join me throughout the day. Socially distanced of course!” he explained.