A record-breaking 1,000 people take part in annual SSE Airtricity Wind Farm Walk
A record-breaking 1,000 people walked through SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk.
With the sun shining down, the walkers stepped up for a variety of local causes, with a total of 47 community groups and bodies represented this year. Since 2007, community members have made their way across the stunning landscape between the two wind farms to raise vital funding for community projects in in areas including Ballybofey, Cloghan, Convoy, Curragh, Drumkeen, Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Finn Valley.
Through SSE Airtricity’s Community Fund programme, the money raised by the participating groups is topped-up by annual payments from the company. With the Sponsored Walk now in its 12th year, community groups have benefited from over €680,000 to date.
As always, walkers had the opportunity to get up close with several of the 63 wind turbines at the two wind farms, while enjoying views of some of the region’s most scenic landmarks, including Mount Errigal and Barnesmore Gap, as well as the outskirts of Letterkenny town.
Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said:
“It was great to have a record number of community members and local groups taking part and demonstrating true community spirit. Most importantly, the money raised will benefit a wide variety of community groups and projects. SSE Airtricity is really proud to sponsor this event every year, which makes such a difference for the communities local to our wind farms.”
SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Lifford generate over 100MW of clean, green energy combined.