Kilrea's fundraising breaks £20k mark for NI Chest, Heart and Stroke

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Kilrea GAC's 24-hour 1,000km relay challenge has smashed any initial targets, both in terms of distance and money raised for NI Chest, Heart and Stroke.

The club easily covered 600km, the length of Ireland from Malin to Mizen Head, with just over six hours gone and soon dwarfed their 1,000km distance.

It began on Saturday morning at 6.00am and by 1.00pm the distance exceeded their target, reaching almost 3,000km by 3.30pm.

By the time the challenge finished on Sunday morning, the club had amassed 4,029.9km and at the time of publication, they had raised approximately £23,300 by the time gift aid is added.

“At the start, we have set the target of two grand and we've more than doubled that with a week to go," stated camogie player Karen Kielt on Monday, in an interview with the County Derry Post.

The club's senior football and camogie teams - led by Kielt and Brian Óg McAlary - came up with the idea for a challenge to cover a total of 1,000km inside 24 hours, with all the money raised going to NI Chest, Heart and Stroke.

The rest of the community - as well as ex-members away from home - weighed in behind the challenge, creating a collective efforts across all ages and generations.

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