The weather was fantastic on the day. Although slightly overcast at 7.00 am when the “long walk” participants set off, the morning sun broke through and it ended up a very sunny and warm morning. 135 people set off at various times for the long, intermediary or short (buggy friendly) walks on Howth Head, while another 33 people participated in a Pitch & Putt event nearby and joined the festivities after their event.
Money raised from the 2012 Denis O'Connor Walking Festival will go towards the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
Following the hiking activities, participants assembled at the Howth Yacht Club and enjoyed a Jazz Brunch, with the Velvet Lounge Band providing chilled jazz music while people tucked into a much deserved full Irish breakfast. The children who attended the event were well entertained with face painting, balloon creating and a magic show – the mini audience was very impressed, as indicated by the enthusiastic squeals of excitement.
Some of the long walkers on the narrow paths along Howth Head at the sixth annual Denis O'Connor
Walk, which took place on Saturday 8 September 2012.
Velvet Lounge jazz band provided musical entertainment at the Jazz Brunch after the walk.
Liam Lynch, KPMG partner and organiser of the event, said, “A huge thank you to everyone who raised funds and participated in the walk this year. It truly is a fitting way of remembering Denis. I think that Denis would be very proud to be associated with this event.” Denis’ wife, Margaret, took part in the event with her children and said that she was very grateful for Denis to be remembered this way.
There is a very ambitious target to raise €125,000 for the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centre this year, and many people across KPMG have already rallied to the cause and really engaged with the initiative by running bake sales, raffles, quiz nights, a Euro 2012 competition, etc to help us meet this goal. Currently we have reached approximately €71,000, and we expect this to increase significantly over the coming weeks as participants’ sponsorship money comes through.
The Jazz Brunch was a great opportunity for friends and family to relax and enjoy a well-earned breakfast.
Since the Denis O’Connor Walking Festival started in 2007, we have raised over €375,000 for the South Dublin Junior Arch Club (2007), the Hospice Foundation (2008), Focus Ireland (2009), The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association and Foundation Nepal (2010), Jack & Jill Foundation (2011) and the Irish Cancer Society (2012).