Fundraising duo fired up for 'feet heat' feat
‘Wanted: 100 brave hearts to take part in a fundraising fire walk.’
When an Enniskillen-based Parkinson’s Disease charity put out a request for people to take part in an organised fire walk, two of its keenest local supporters, Catriona Duffy and Fiona Benson, were quick to respond with a great big ‘yes’.
However, for some reason, the word ‘fire’ didn’t initially register with Catriona - also known as Cat.
Cat thought she was signing up for a nice ‘walk’.
But the eventual realisation that on Saturday 13th June she would actually be walking on fire to raise money for Parkinson’s Support Northern Ireland - Fermanagh Branch has not deterred her.
Cat says: “It’s for a good cause which is very dear to my family and me.”
“My late dad suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and the Parkinson’s Support Fermanagh Group is a great network of people that not only helped my dad, but they helped - and continue to help - my mum as well.”
Cat’s friend and customer advisor workmate Fiona is just as determined to step through flames to attract donations.
She says: “I have a couple of friends with Parkinson’s - at various stages - and I know what a terrible disease it is. The least I can do is something like this. Anyway, it sounds like it’s going to be a bit of a social event - with a barbecue arranged afterwards. Er…hopefully my toes won't be part of that barbecue!”
All the money goes to charity with MyDonate
Both Cat and Fiona are raising money through MyDonate.
Cat says, “Fiona’s page is called ‘Fiona’s Flaming Feet’ and I’ve named mine ‘Chargrilled Cat’. We need to raise £100 pounds each to take part and MyDonate is easily the best way to do that as all the money goes to our charity - not just some of it.”
Parkinson's Support is an entirely volunteer-run Northern Ireland charity to support people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.
The Fermanagh Branch will be holding its Fire Walk and Barbeque on 13th June at Enniskillen Rugby Club. Good luck to Cat and Fiona.