The huge contribution made by North West 10k Committees over the years should be recognised, according to a local councillor.

The annual event has raised over €600,000 for charities.

Raising the issue at the monthly meeting of Letterkenny Town Council meeting Fianna Fail Cllr Dessie Larkin, said the model the North West 10k committee used for helping local charities was exceptional.

“The first event was in 1996- on a Saturday and the winner was Seamus Power while Kay Byrne was the first woman home. The committee has always advocated participation,” Cllr Larkin said.

“Marie McCambridge smashed the ladies 10k record and went on to represent Ireland at the Olympics. The fact the committee has raised over 600,000 for local charities is amazing,”
“The buzz it creates is fantastic. There isn’t a business that doesn’t get a bounce from it. I believe the council should recognise this great work,”

“ I don’t think there has been a single group that has done so much to promote the town. These events are essential for Letterkenny,” Cllr Larkin added.

Supporting the motion, Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry McMonagle called for a civic reception be held to recognise the great being done by the North West 10k committee.

“The most appropriate way to recognise this would be a civic reception,” he said.

Cllr Victor Fisher said he remembered sponsorsing Donegal Parian China as prizes for the early years of the 10k while Independent Cllr Tom Crossan said it was day out for families.

“They all push themselves, but participation in healthy activity is what it is all about,” he said.

Fianna Fail Cllr Ciaran Brogan, who walked the 10k a fortnight ago said it was a great family day out.

“It was my fifth 10k and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said.
“It brings a great community spirit to Letterkenny,” Cllr Brogan added.

His comments were echoed by Fine Gael councillor Jimmy Kavanagh, Lisa Culbert and Cllr Jim Lynch, a founder of the 10k.

“It was one of the highlights of the year along with the Folk Festival. We can still always look forward to the 10k in May and the International Rally in June and now the Food Festival to develop Letterkenny,” he said.

“Maybe, we can look at developing some events for the winter months as well,” Cllr Lynch added.

The council is to arrange a date for a civic reception.

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