Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird will lead a 5km walk through Avondale Forest Park in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, with Samaritans volunteers and supporters on Sunday 16th April.
The Charlie Bird Hand of Friendship Walk with Samaritans is being supported by Coillte, which will open Avondale Forest Park and several Coillte sites across the country for 5km and 1km walks.
Members of the public who cannot travel to Wicklow can walk in solidarity with Charlie in any of Coillte’s forest walks, or with Samaritans volunteers in Lough Key Forest Park (Roscommon), Farren Forest Park (Cork), and at Ard na Gaoithe (Galway).
For information on the walk and sites across the country, to register or to make donation, visit www.charlieswalkoffriendship.com
Charlie said he is determined to continue to extend his Hand of Friendship to others over the coming months and supporting charities and organisations, including Samaritans.
“Samaritans is a cause close to my heart, with its volunteers across the country extend the hand of friendship to others 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That is why I am holding a Hand of Friendship Walk in support of Samaritans this April. I am urging everyone to come out and support me at Avondale or at one of the many Coillte sites being made available on the day and spread the message that one of the most powerful things we can do is extend the hand of friendship to others. I want to ask everyone to keep extending the hand of friendship to others and be there when someone close to you needs support or a helping hand. I also want to raise awareness of the work Samaritans do and urge everyone to join us, register or donate on charlieswalkoffriendship.com.” Charlie Bird