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Preparations heating up for Cookstown man’s cooker push

Des Keenan pictured with Ann Walker, Action MS chief executive, Cookstown Council chairman Pearse McAleer, Denis Loughrey, president of Cookstown St Vincent de Paul and John Meenan, shop manager and the band of helpers.

Des Keenan pictured with Ann Walker, Action MS chief executive, Cookstown Council chairman Pearse McAleer, Denis Loughrey, president of Cookstown St Vincent de Paul and John Meenan, shop manager and the band of helpers.

Cookstown man Des Keenan is putting the final preparations in place for his cooker-push which has sparked huge interest across the country.

The charity cooker push will travel through 20 towns in Northern Ireland and aims to raise £70,000 for both Action MS and Saint Vincent DePaul charities from June 10 to June 14.

The event will involve pushing a custom made Stanley cooker a distance of 40 miles across 20 Towns province-wide.

The cooker will be pushed by Des Keenan and will cover the following route: Tuesday 10th June: Omagh, Strabane, Derry, Limavady• Wednesday 11th June: Coleraine, Portrush, Portstewart , Bushmills.; Thursday 12tJune: Ballycastle, , Ballymena, Ballymoney Portglenone , Banbridge; Friday 13th June: Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Dungannon, Magherafelt and Maghera; Saturday 14th June: Moneymore and Cookstown.

If you would like to find out more about the Cooker Push Challenge you can visit Facebook page ‘Des Keenan Cooker Push’ or follow it on Twitter @DesKeenan.

Members and volunteers from both of the charities will be collecting donations in all towns.

Des is a veteran fundraiser and in 2004 completed a 200 mile walk across Northern Ireland raising £60,000 for a mobile home for MS suffers and their families in Portstewart.

 

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