An Ahoghill charity which helps young teens from all sections of the community challenge themselves through sport has been given a £750 cash injection thanks to a marathon effort by Ballymena based Army reservists.
B Company Mortars Platoon Rangers from the Ballymena Army Reserve Centre, who ran the Belfast Marathon back in May, were proud and delighted on Wednesday evening to present the proceeds to ‘Coaching 4 Christ’.
The charity assists young teenagers develop themselves both spiritually and physically through sport by encouraging team participation.
Thanking the local Rangers, Project Manager Davis Weir said: “The money raised will be used locally and abroad where it strengthens the link we have in Uganda where these soldiers have served and already know the needs that exist there. We are really indebted to them and look forward to forging future links with them”.
The young Rangers have recently challenged themselves on a number of demanding runs starting with the Larne half marathon then the Belfast marathon and finally the Coast to Coast challenge.
The Belfast event was a marathon ‘first’ for Corporal Neil Hughes, who recalled: “With the training we get I found it relatively easy and I enjoyed the experience immensely, it was even more rewarding to know we raised £750 towards this particular charity which helps young people challenge themselves”
Ranger Raymond Wilson said: “It was great that so many of the Platoon volunteered to take part in the run. We really feel as though the Unit is part of the community when we can help like this, it’s something I wouldn’t have done had I not been in the Army Reserve”.
B Company Officer Commanding Major Gareth Semple added: “it was something the lads can be proud of; that not only do we train to go on operations but they can also think of their local community and get involved with projects like this which helps others”.
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