SIDS walk from Dungarvan to Naas

A sponsored walk to raise funds for people affected by sudden infant death concluded in Naas and raised more than E3,500.

A sponsored walk to raise funds for people affected by sudden infant death concluded in Naas and raised more than E3,500.

It was organised by Roisin and Jim Mahony, who lived in Esmondale, Naas, when they lost son Shane in June 2002 at nine months of age.

The last leg of the journey took place from Kilcullen to Naas on September 29 and some of the group had set out from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

Roisin hopes that when all of the money is collected the amount raised will rise to at least E5,000.

All of the money will go to the Irish Sudden Infant Death Association, a voluntary organisation that offers support to families bereaved by sudden infant death, also known as cot death.

The ISIDA also provides information and promotes and supports research into the causes and prevention of cot death; the sudden death of an infant or young child which is unexpected by history.

Post mortems have failed to provide a cause of death and cot death claims a child a week in Ireland.

“This is the second year of the walk and the idea came from my brother who is a bus driver and he wanted to walk his bus route. Rather than walk from Waterford to Dublin we did Dungarvan to Naas and on the last day we had 25-30 people “ Roisin told the Leader.

Roisin added: “I want to thank all who took part it is about creating more awareness and we want to thank all who raised money and who helped in any way. It’s not about our family. Without the help of all the other people the walk couldn’t have happened.”

- Paul O’Meara