Cancer survivor seeks walking buddy for charity trek

Fergal Barr and Keith Adair will walk from Derry to Cork

Cancer survivor seeks walking buddy for charity trek

Keith Adair and Fergal Barr | Image supplied to

A cancer survivour is one of two people taking part in a cross-country walk from Derry to Cork.

The challenge is the brainchild of Fergal Barr, who will be joined by cancer survivor Keith Adair on the two week walk.

The pair are looking for one more person to join them on their crusade, as they aim to raise €5,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

The pair will leave Derry on August 5th and conclude their challenge 300 miles later in Crosshaven, Co Cork on August 18th.

Their trek will pass through Ballybofey, Donegal Town, Bundoran, Sligo, Boyle, Roscommon, Athlone, Birr, Roscrea, Thurles and Fermoy.

Fergal was a regular attendee at the Irish Red Head Convention in Crosshaven - held in aid of the Irish Cancer Society - and with the festival on hiatus this year, he decided to take on his own challenge.

He said: "I'm a big fan of the Irish Red Head Convention - I was a red head myself at one point although most people can't even imagine me with hair never mind red hair.

"The convention works hard to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society and while it’s on a break this year I thought I would take on some fundraising myself and visit the beautiful Crosshaven once again – but walk there this time instead of driving."

He will be joined by kidney cancer survivor Keith Adair, who has his own motivation for walking.

Keith said: "I'm a cancer survivor and I want to give something back to a charity funding important cancer research and supports to help other people affected by cancer.

"Most people have been affected in one way or another by cancer, either you’ve been unfortunate enough to have had cancer or a close friend or family member has suffered at the hands of it.

"I’m in remission now and as I emerge from that journey I’m undertaking another one - all 300 miles of it of course".

Speaking about their search for another team member, Fergal said: "We are currently searching for the final member of our team, someone who will give up two weeks to walk with us or two people who will complete a week each.

"We are also looking for two 'guest walkers' to join us for each stage of the walk and for those who a full day might seem too much we are also looking for 'RedVoluntionaries' who will pick a point on the journey and join us and contribute €5 for each kilometre they walk."

Fergal hopes that challenge will raise at least €5,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

If you think you can support the walk, e-mail You can also find full details here or donate here