‘It was a challenge’ – Galway woman and her partner walk 175km to raise money for Ukraine

A Galway woman and her partner walked from Belfast to Dublin to raise funds for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

aryl O’Regan and her partner Ian Agnew live in Belfast and feel compelled to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere.

The pair hit the road on Thursday and completed the 175-kilometer hike in four days. They ended their journey at the Irish Red Cross office in Merrion Square.

“We just finished the hike yesterday, it was a challenge. We walked for four sections, 108 miles or 175 kilometers in total and it was pretty nice even every day. Tuesday was a big day where we covered 54km and yesterday it was 35km, mine was a long ride,” she told

To date, Ms. O’Regan and Mr. Agnew have raised over €10,000 for the Irish Red Cross on the Ukraine Crisis.

“We have set ourselves a goal of raising 10,000 euros and we just got there last night, it was amazing that we finished around 10pm last night,” she said.

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“We just had this concept, we were watching the news and seeing everything that was going on and feeling helpless, all these people had to leave their homes and think well what can we do to help.”

“In solidarity with those forced to flee, we thought it was right that we would go for a walk and try to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross to support them in doing what they do best in Ukraine.”

“In a way, it’s a way of trying to empathize with their situation, and obviously we never really understood that because we didn’t really leave our homes, but we did. just to feel sympathy for our friends in Ukraine.”

Ms O’Regan injured her knee during her travels and was forced to ride a replacement bike from Dundalk. A local bike shop kindly lent her the bike to complete the ride.

“Between Newry and Dundalk I had a pretty bad knee injury, it was an old injury that flared up and I was frustrated because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it through the rest of it, but I decided I would. can cycle. with her right foot to finish it,” she said.

“I got a bike from a lovely man named Seamus at the cycling center in Dundalk, he lent it to me right away and he didn’t even rent the bike, but I explained it to him. She said we were doing a charity walk. slightly aside and he said borrow the bike and return it. “

“So the kindness of people when you do something for good is truly unbelievable.”

Ms. O’Regan currently works as Intercom’s product manager and is able to take days off for a walk, she said: “I’m so grateful to be working for a company that has supported me with volunteering days off to travel. stroll. , not to mention many contributions from colleagues.”

In 2017, Ms O’Regan was one of the Sunday Independent ’30 under 30′ Irish entrepreneurs. The software developer founded Paybolt as a final year project for her Dublin Institute of Technology business computing degree.

The concept of a wearable payment method first gave rise to the idea, which is a cashless platform that event organizers can use to improve the experience and it provides for They analyze who is spending what and where.

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