Rahim’s Royal Canal Walk 2013
9th July, Dublin: Rahim Nazarali, who is legally blind, recently walked the Royal Canal Way which is a 140km long distance trail beginning in Cloondara, Co. Longford and finishing in Dublin. Rahim completed the journey over four days (11th to 14th July 2013) with the assistance of his personal guide Norman Capriani.
The route which is made up of steep uneven terrain and just 12% of dedicated pathway. On average Rahim walked 35km a day, through counties Longford; Westmeath; Meath; Kildare before reaching his final destination in Dublin all in aid of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA).
Rahim is a tutor and works with the Rehabilitative Training Unit (RTU) of IWA. The RTU runs QQI approved courses for people with physical disabilities and other mobility issues. The courses provide students with the necessary confidence, skills, knowledge and attitude to develop and pursue their own personal goals.
Speaking about the challenge Rahim undertook he explained:
“I am a keen walker and runner, for a person who is visually impaired this at times presents a number of challenges, but with a little planning, many obstacles that arise can be easily overcome. I have decided to turn what has been a long held ambition of mine into an important fundraising opportunity.
The RTU course is funded by the HSE, however, the computer equipment used on a daily basis needs to be updated and improved to ensure that the students can continue to learn to use everyday technology that features in the home and the workplace. All sponsorship and donations are greatly appreciated and you can pledge your support onwww.idonate.ie/rahimscanalwalk”.
Advice from Adventure Athlete:
Adventure athlete and the first blind man to reach the south pole Mark Pollock says: “I wish Rahim luck with the walk and with his fundraising. Any programme that assists people with disabilities in showing their abilities and reaching their full potential should be supported.”
Waterways Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland also assisted Rahim to plan the route over the four days.