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'Miles for Michaela' fundraiser to mark 10th anniversary of death of Michaela McAreavey

John McAreavey, chairman of the Michaela Foundation and Orla McIntyre, operations manager, help launch the 'Miles for Michaela' fundraiser
Marie Louise McConville

THE foundation set up in memory of murdered Co Tyrone schoolteacher Michaela McAreavey is asking people to support a special fundraiser marking the 10th anniversary of her death.

The Michaela Foundation said it would have wanted to hold events to remember the 27-year-old's death on honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011, but it is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has organised a `Miles for Michaela' fundraiser, asking supporters to walk 10,000 miles between now and January 10 to raise money to allow it to continue its work supporting young people.

The foundation said while it is hoped that more social events can take place next year, Miles for Michaela is a fitting tribute as it reflects the many miles travelled "from a very dark place to a place of hope, light and inspiration".

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"The fact that it will hopefully engage lots of people further reflects the collective effort that has enabled Michaela Foundation to become such a force for good over the past 10 years," it said.

John McAreavey, chairman of the Michaela Foundation, said the pandemic has been "difficult for everyone but we would love to see volunteers and campettes, past & present, parents, supporters, friends and family getting involved in what will be a brilliant way of coming together, while staying apart".

"Get rid of those lockdown winter blues by either walking, running or cycling to help us clock up those miles," he said.

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/campaign/MilesForMichaela

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