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Great cause GAA star Michael Darragh Macauley to walk 10,000 steps a day in fundraiser for refugees

The eight-time All-Ireland winner is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide

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Dublin GAA star Michael Darragh Macauley. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Dublin GAA star Michael Darragh Macauley. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Dublin GAA star Michael Darragh Macauley. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide

Dublin GAA star Michael Darragh Macauley will be walking 10,000 steps a day in June to raise funds for refugees.

The eight-time All-Ireland winner is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid organisation, and visited refugee camps in Iraq with the charity in 2019.

He will be taking part in the Step In Their Shoes fundraising event which asks participants to walk 10,000 steps a day for seven days during World Refugee Week from June 14th to 20th.

The challenge was set up to help fund Concern’s ongoing work with refugees that have been forcibly displaced from their homes from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Somalia.

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The eight-time All-Ireland winner is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern.net

The eight-time All-Ireland winner is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern.net

The eight-time All-Ireland winner is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide. Photo: Gavin Douglas/Concern.net

 

“We must do everything we can to help refugees, especially children, like the Syrian boys and girls I met with Concern in Iraq,” said Michael Darragh.

“These are children just like any in Ireland and the rest of the world. All they want to do is go home and play outside with their friends and live a safe and happy life.

“I was lucky enough that I got to meet with many of these children. Hearing some of their stories would break your heart but also encourage you to do whatever you could to help them.

“Refugees need our support so I will be walking with them in mind as I take part in this year’s Step In Their Shoes event.”

An estimated 80 million people have been forced to flee their home because of conflict or violence, according to Concern Worldwide.

The charity has provided safe living conditions for some of the 1.5 million people in Iraq alone who have had to flee their homes due to this unrest.

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Michael Darragh Macauley in Iraq

Michael Darragh Macauley in Iraq

Michael Darragh Macauley in Iraq

 

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Gillian Boyle, Concern’s logistics coordinator, said: “Most refugees lucky enough to survive their escape from war or natural disaster have to walk for many miles to reach safety.

“They walk through deserts, over mountains and they wade through marshes and rivers and all they want is what you and I want, a safe place to live.

“They walk through deserts, over mountains and they wade through marshes and rivers and all they want is what you and I want, a safe place to live,” she added.
 

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