“I’ll never do one of those again,” Rev Canon David Crooks said, as he climbed off his bicycle at the end of the last of his three marathon charity cycles around the Raphoe and Inishowen Deaneries to raise funds for the Diocesan ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal.
The sweltering final leg covered a 40km route from St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe to St Lugadius’ Church in Clonleigh (Lifford), then on to Raymochy Church in Manorcunningham, before returning to the Cathedral. Canon Crooks was accompanied on Monday by five parishioners: William Laird, Colvyn Beattie, Rodney Carson, Tanya Carson and Rodney Lindsay.
Canon Crooks has a particular affinity with the ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal. His brother-in-law, Rt Rev Hall Speers, is the Bishop of Mahajanga and proceeds will be used to help his ministry in Madagascar.
Canon Crooks’ first two cycles had taken him from Moville to Newtowncunningham (a distance of 41km) and from Convoy, via Donaghmore and Monellan, back to Convoy (27km).
Donations to the ‘Mahajanga Calling’ Appeal will be gratefully received c/o Taughboyne Rectory, Churchtown, Carrigans, Lifford, Co Donegal or online at www.gofundme.com/mahajanga-calling