The annual 80 kilometre, 40 kilometre, 15 kilometre cycle and 5 kilometre walk will take place on Saturday, August 31.
Registration will take place in the CBS that morning. Cycle maps are available at www.specialfriendsmitchelstown.com.
The walk begins from Abbey Farm to the Church of Ireland in Church St, out Kildorrery Road, around the Ring Road to the Firgrove Hotel, up through the town and returning to Abbey Farm for a Family Fun Evening. This includes an under age football tournament, barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and much more.
Special Friends are a voluntary group of parents who set up a support group for parents of children with special needs seven years ago which has since flourished into a charity. This provides equipment, one to one support for the children, family days and more. There are now 16 children using the services from Ballyduff, Mitchelstown, Kilbehenny, Ballylanders, Kildorrery, Kildorrery, Glenroe, Rathcormac and Burncourt.
Seven of the children received iPads in November which were needed for education and attend schools from Charleville to Douglas and Ballygiblin daily. They also have a bank of equipment to help motor skills that are loaned to the members. There are five family fun days in the year, that give parents a chance to enjoy a day out, who have children with special needs. As a lot of people find it hard to deal with new situations, if a child is having a bad day there are helpers at hand and no one watching as they are all in the same boat.
The Group have begun Sensory Parties which are a fun way to help children with touch and smell issues. For some children sand, flour and sticky items are there worst nightmare. The most recent party was at the Pizza House. For the first time this year there was an outing for older siblings who are carers also.
Special Friends provided helpers for the children to attend mainstream Summer Camps. Special Friends hold monthly meetings as a Support Network for families. They are held at 8pm on the last Tuesday of every month. All this would not be possible without the generosity of people from Mitchelstown and the surrounding areas. Enquiries to Heather 0879107700 or contact Special Friends on Facebook www.facebook.com/specialfriendsmitchelstown or firstname.lastname@example.org
Footballers in action
Mitchelstown Junior footballers play Kilworth in the Fermoy Credit Union JAFC semi final this Saturday in Araglin 7pm. Mitchelstown, who were champions two years ago and reached the final again last season, would be expected to overcome Kilworth. The final between either Mitchesltown/Kilworth v Buttevant or Kilshannig will take place in Killavullen on Sunday, August 25.
Ballygiblin Under 21 B hurlers under the banner Garrymae Gaels will face local rivals Harbour Rovers in the quarter final.