Sponsored Walk Coole Park Gort Co Galway
The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Ireland held a sponsored walk at Coole Forest Park, outside Gort in County Galway on Sunday the 29th July 2012. This was the first time the Club had held such an event so there was no knowing if anyone would turn up on the day or if it would be a successful venture in raising much needed funds for the Club.
We were surprised and delighted with the response from many of the members (a list of everyone who donated will be included in our next Newsletter). We were aware that the location would not suit a lot of members being very far west but this did not deter a number of members from forwarding cheques to support the cause.
Once again we all watched the weather forecast with apprehension on the days leading up to the walk and everyone attending was warned to bring all weather clothing. However, the Gods were smiling on the day and apart from a couple of light showers the sun shone for most of the day. A group of about 30 headed off into the forest with 15 dogs in tow! Needless to say we drew a lot of attention from unsuspecting walkers! The mood was excellent and peals of laughter could be heard ringing through the trees. Adults, children and dogs all mingled together and once again the excellent temperament of this breed was evident. Two blondes (golden retrievers!) and a sheltie joined us for the walk and happily ambled along amidst all the bernese.
We stopped in the shelter of the walled garden for lunch and were joined by a Teddy Bear's picnic!!! The sun shone down and everyone mingled and chatted. Photographs were taken compliments of Des Glynn (thanks Des!) and when we finally gathered up to leave everyone agreed it had been a lovely event and one we should definitely repeat.
I would like to thank everyone who participated on the day and a very special thank you to everyone who sponsored the walk. In excess of €1500 was raised with still more funds to come in.
I would especially like to thank well known comedian, Tommy Tiernan, for his very generous pledge of €600 to the Club. Tommy, a bernese owner himself, was sorry he could not make it on the day but extended every good wish to the Club.
It is hoped to hold further fundraising events over the coming weeks in various parts of the country. Members are advised to check in regularly with our new updated website for notification of these events.