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Galway G.C. Supports Nick Edmund’s Global Golf 4 Cancer & Wild Atlantic Way Walk
Despite undergoing a full hip replacement operation in early December last and carrying a set of golf clubs on his back, Nick Edmund a 56-year-old cancer survivor and former Faldo Design Managing Director has now completed 1,000km of the 2,000km charity walk he is undertaking as the launch campaign for his Global-Golf4-Cancer fundraising and
awareness building organisation.
Having set off on 4 March from Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, Nick has now walked the coasts of Donegal, Sligo & Mayo. Along the way he is stopping off at every golf club he passes to play the 4th hole, planting the Global-Golf4-Cancer flag on each one. So far he has raised the Global-Golf4-Cancer 4-flag at 21 of the 22 courses he will be passing on the initial stage of his walk.
Nick reached the half way point on April 29th in Galway G.C. before taking a break for the summer to avoid the tourist traffic and to protect himself from the sun – Nick is in remission from skin, head and neck cancer. He will then resume the trek on 4 September in Galway, finishing at the Old Head of Kinsale on 1 November.
Nick’s amazing Wild Atlantic Way walk is also raising money and awareness for the west of Ireland charity, Cancer Care West. By the time he finishes, Nick aims to have the Global-Golf4-Cancer flag flying on 44 golf courses. His eventual aim is for golf clubs across the world to support the organisation’s efforts and fly the flag at various times to help boost the profile of their own local cancer charities, and to inspire the golf community generally.
Reflecting on his first four weeks on the road, Nick admits the going has been tough. But he adds: “While I am feeling shattered every evening with sore feet and aches in places I didn’t know existed, I am somehow getting through it; moreover, I feel fitter and stronger than I did at the end of the first week. Without the incredible encouragement and support I’m receiving from the golf clubs and the wider Irish public it’s hard to imagine it being possible – and indeed I’m sure I’ll look back one day and wonder how on earth I got through it. But then it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it and when the desire to complete (this walk) is far greater than any transient pain felt ‘along the Way’.
Nick’s endeavours are being supported by Galway GC member John McLaughlin via his company North & West Coast Links Golf Ireland. John has helped Nick by making contact with all the golf clubs and by laying the foundations for the excellent relationships which Nick now enjoys with the Clubs & Cancer Care West.
To follow Nick’s progress along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, read his blog on the Global-Golf4-Cancer website: http://globalgolf4cancer.org. His exploits can also be followed on Twitter and Instagram at GG4Cancer
WELL DONE NICK FROM ALL AT GALWAY GOLF CLUB