The 94th Cadet Class will be completing a 240 km sponsored, charity run, over two days, from the Military College in The Curragh and ascending Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo to raise money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, The Curragh Lourdes Fund and The Defence Forces Soldiers Aid Fund. The 88 young Officer Cadets will undertake this ‘mountainous’ venture over 48 hours on 26 and 27 of April, in a Cadet-lead initiative to raise funds for their chosen charities.
The route begins at the Cadets base on 26th April in the Military College, The Curragh, Co. Kildare and travels west passing through 23 towns along the way, overnighting in Athlone. Running in group relays each day the Cadets will arrive in Westport on 27 April where they all will complete the final leg to the summit of Croagh Patrick. Speaking about the run, their chief training officer said:
“Team effort, resolve, resilience, and physical fitness are some of the qualities the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service want in our junior leaders. Combining these to raise money for worthy causes is a selfless, admirable activity and something The Cadet School is rightly proud of. As their leader I am delighted they have taken up this challenge. I wish them well and will meet them at the summit!”
Commandant Stephen MacEoin, Officer in Charge, 94th Cadet Class.
All funds raised by this event are in support of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, The Curragh Lourdes Fund and The Defence Forces Soldiers Aid Fund.
The 94th Cadet Class commenced intense, 15 month basic training in September 2017 and aim to be commissioned as officers in the Defence Forces in early 2019. The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility with the aim of producing leaders of character and competence.
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