Shinty Clubs re-connect for cancer charity challenge

Members of Skye Camanachd joined 17 shinty/camogie teams from all over Scotland and Ireland to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support Scotland.

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Female shinty players from Lochaber, Skye, Kinlochshiel, Glengarry and Badenoch have rekindled with their teams to take part in ‘virtual pre-season training’ while helping to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Co-ordinated by the Women’s Camanachd Association, the March in March challenge saw a big-hearted group of female shinty and camogie players from across Scotland and Northern Ireland clock up the miles over the weekend Saturday March 6 – Monday March 8, with some continuing throughout the month, in support of fellow player and friend, Una Henry, 40, who has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Inspired by their friend’s strength, Niamh Donnelly and Jenny Durkin decided to organise a fundraiser that would encourage as many of the Scottish WCA (Women’s Camanachd Association) clubs to get on board to walk from Aberdour, Una’s shinty club, to Glenullen in Derry, her Gaelic Athletic Association club.

Throughout the weekend the ladies marched their way around the country, collectively racking up 1000s of miles by walking running, cycling and even swimming and have already raised over £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lisa MacColl, president of Women’s Camanachd Association, said: ‘When we heard our friend from the Aberdour and Glenullin team was being supported by Macmillan we were keen to get on board and put the March in March challenge out to clubs.

‘The response has been incredible. With little shinty for the last year and no international it’s amazing to see the shinty, camogie and GAA community pulling together to strengthen the bonds of our Gaelic sports.

‘On behalf of the WCA I would like to thank each and every participant and sponsor who has helped to raise a staggering and vital sum for this charity.’

Macmillan Cancer Support is doing everything it can to help address the immediate and unique challenges that having cancer during this pandemic brings, but it needs support. Donations are vital to enable it to continue to be there for people living with cancer.

If anyone would like to donate to the WCA’s fundraising page visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marchinmarch-wca