Nora’s Crolly Dolly Walk for cancer

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

Prepare for an invasion of walking ‘Crolly Dollies’ in Donegal this Saturday. Friends and relations of the late Nora Brennan are bringing a group of up to 150 people over to the county from Northern Ireland and Scotland to complete a fancy dress walk in her memory.

Prepare for an invasion of walking ‘Crolly Dollies’ in Donegal this Saturday. Friends and relations of the late Nora Brennan are bringing a group of up to 150 people over to the county from Northern Ireland and Scotland to complete a fancy dress walk in her memory.

They will be raising funds for Marie Curie cancer support services and are inviting everyone along to join them on the easy two mile walk, which is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Nora’s niece Elaine Walsh tells more. Her mother, Colette Walsh, one of Nora’s sisters, is the main organiser of the event.

“My aunt Nora was originally from Belfast but built a home in Crolly. She passed away five years ago and is buried in Bunbeg - in a place where her heart lay all her life.

“We are fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Charity, who nursed Nora for years when she was very ill, and who have really earned and deserve our support.

“We wanted to do something very positive and joyful and that’s why we chose the fun theme of dressing like a Crolly Doll.

“There has been a great buzz on-line and people are really being imaginative on the Dolly theme. Some are going to dress like a traditional Crolly Doll but others (especially nostalgic 30 and 40-year-olds) are dressing up as dolls from their childhood, like Rainbow Brite, Barbie Dolls, Raggy Dolls, Bratz and Russian Dolls.

“There will be a prize for the best dressed, so everyone is putting the effort in and using their imagination.

“Some people are going in a group and dressing up along a theme, such as Sesame Street characters or Disney Princess Dolls.

“It’s going to be colourful, and visually extremely rich. It’s very exciting and I’m delighted to see that the event is growing momentum.

“Everyone is meeting at 3pm outside Paddy Og’s in Crolly and all are welcome to join. The two mile walk will last about half an hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities, following the mountain towards Leo’s and back again.

“The event will be great for kids, and big kids like us too!

“And all for an amazing charity- who many families couldn’t be without.

“This is the first year of the event and we want to ensure that it is a huge success. We are very committed to making this an annual event and encouraging it to grow and thrive year after year.”

Lots of prizes will be raffled and auctioned on the day as well, including Celtic tickets and hotel and spa vouchers, to add to the excitement.

For more information, contact Colette Walsh on 0044 7809 525624 or colettewalsh6@yahoo.com. If you wish to make a donation, go to http://www.justgiving.com/norascrollydollywalk2012.