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Kellys put in heroic effort for east Africa appeal

A FATHER and son from Glengormley have taken it upon themselves to do a charity cycle in order to raise funds for East Africa through Trocaire.



After watching the harrowing scenes from East Africa on television, the Hollybrook Crescent pair, father Stephen and son Luke, decided that they wanted to try and raise £500 that would go towards helping the severely impoverished.

Luke Kelly, 7, was inspired by his father Stephen to help raise money for more disadvantaged children through his triathalon efforts.

The St Bernard’s Primary School pupil said: “I was watching the poor children on TV and knew that my dad was keen to do the Triathlon, so I asked could I maybe do something too.

“We went on some practice runs and then after I got my Trocaire t-shirt, we did it for real.”

Luke was first up with a four mile cycle around Newtownabbey on Saturday, September 3.

The following day dad Stephen completed the Stena Line Triathlon — which consisted of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run — in approximately one hour 40 minutes.

The pair hope to keep up the fundraising even now that the events are finished, having reached over half of their target.

Stephen said: “This was only a small bit of effort that we had to put in, compared to what the people of East Africa have to go through on a daily basis.

“I think Luke enjoyed the whole process of seeing how the money he raised can go directly to the people who are starving.

“We received a lot of help from the Trocaire office in Belfast and hope to hand our cheque over very soon. As it stands we have raised over £300 and any more donations would be greatly welcomed.”

Anyone can donate by contacting Stephen direct on stevekell41110@hotmail.com

According to the Disasters Emergency Committee, more than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Somalia’s drought and conflict.

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