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Former rugby stars to undertake epic golf challenge in aid of charity

Former rugby internationals, Stephen Ferris and Andrew park are to take part in a 225-mile golfing challenge in aid of the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) and Children in Crossfire. Pictured are Dr Darren Monaghan, Clinical Lead, AANI, Ashely Moore, Gary Irwin, Stephen Ferris, Andrew Park and David McCartney, HEMS Paramedic
Marie Louise McConville

Two former Irish rugby internationals are to play four of Ireland's 'Royal' golf courses in one day.

In aid of Air Ambulance NI and Children in Crossfire, Stephen Ferris and Andrew Park are teaming up with two local businessman to tee off on an epic 225-mile and 72 hole golf challenge .

Starting at dawn at Royal Curragh, Co Kildare, on June 20, the team will play a full round before moving to Royal Dublin and then Royal Belfast, before finishing at Royal Portrush at 10.30pm that evening.

The players, along with Gary Irwin, Joint Managing Director of Bedeck and Ashley Moore, CEO of Spatialest, will be supported by a chartered helicopter.

Speaking about the challenge, Stephen Ferris said: "As far as we know this is the first time anyone has attempted to play 72-holes in the same day at four of Ireland's most famous golf courses.

"In golfing terms that means a 400,000-yard journey from the first to the last hole.

"It's going to be an exhausting day, but we hope to raise money for two great local charities which are making a real difference to people's lives at home and abroad."

Donations for the golf challenge can be made online at Just Giving or MyDonate by searching for ‘Golf Fundraiser NI'.

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