Cathedral Cycle raises money for Ipalo Team

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Last weekend Brian Acheson and Ronny Martin, parishioners from St. Columba’s, Knock, undertook a Cathedral Cycle Marathon across Northern Ireland to assist with the fundraising.

Their marathon began at Down Cathedral early on Saturday morning and their first stop was at St. Columba’s where they were met by parishioners and the Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Right Rev. Harold Miller. After refreshments provided by the Diocesan President of The Mothers’ Union, Roberta Rogers, the cyclists departed for St. Anne’s Cathedral, Lisburn Cathedral, Dromore Cathedral, Armagh Cathedral and finally to Clogher Cathedral where they were joined by their wives Alison Acheson and Jayne Martin.

Early on Sunday morning Brian and Ronny left Clogher and travelled to Enniskillen Cathedral, where they were warmly welcomed to join the congregation for the service. They were joined by the Rector of St. Columba’s, Knock, The Rev. John Auchmuty, who gave a short address about the forthcoming Zambia trip. After the service, the final stage of the marathon cycle took Brian and Ronny to Derry Cathedral, bringing their total journey to 180 miles and eight cathedrals.

Speaking after the completion of the journey, Rev. Auchmuty said:

“In my Address at last year’s Easter Vestry, I spoke about my hopes to explore the feasibility of providing parishioners with an opportunity to serve God overseas. I am delighted that those hopes will shortly become a reality. This marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the life and ministry of our parish.

“They are a strong team with many diverse gifts and talents, which I experienced for myself when I visited them recently in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin for a training weekend facilitated by David Gough, CMS Ireland’s Partnership Co-Ordinator. It is very encouraging to see the team members receiving such strong financial and prayerful support from the parish and the community and I wish to convey my grateful thanks and appreciation to the Deans and the cathedral congregations for their support throughout the cycle marathon.”

Anyone wishing to contribute towards this marathon fundraising effort should contact the CMS Ireland office or St Columba’s.

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