Three couples from the Ballymena area have signed up to take part in the 8 mile walking challenge at this year’s Belfast City Marathon in May to raise vital funds for local charity, Air Ambulance NI (AANI) and are encouraging others to join them.
The couples, who are made up of husbands and their wives include; Judy and Jimmy King, Jenny and Gary Donald and, Oonagh and Willie Chesney. The group of friends, who all come from a farming background, got together during lockdown to start walking in a bid to get fit and healthy.
Willie Chesney from the group commented on how the walking started, “us three dads decided it was time to improve our fitness and walking seemed the best starting point, challenged by our wives we’ll see who is fittest first! Doing the marathon walk in support of AANI has given us all a great focus and hopefully we will raise funds that will be so useful to AANI to help them with the fabulous work they do”
Oonagh Chesney, is also a member of the Agribusiness Group at Air Ambulance NI, a group established during lockdown to help support the promotion of the air ambulance charity within the rural community. Oonagh said, “Walking is a great way to clear away the stresses of everyday life and we would really like to encourage as many as possible to take up the challenge and enter the marathon walk – its only 8 miles. Unfortunately we never know when someone near to us may need the services of AANI so let’s all try and raise some very valuable funds. “
On the day, Oonagh will also be joined by fellow AANI agribusiness group members, Martyn Blair and Barclay Bell. They are encouraging others from the agricultural sector to change the wellies for walking shoes on Sunday 1st May and join them for a walk, a chat and hopefully raise some funds for a great cause. Registration costs £40 and interested participants can sign up here www.belfastcitymarathon.com/events/8-mile-walk . Final entry deadline: Midnight on Friday 8th April 2022. If you would like to support these great friends, you can donate through the Just Giving Page here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aaniagribusinessgroup