Coastal Camino Way

Portuguese Coastal Route
9th – 16th May 2020

Walk the Camino de Santiago to raise vital funds for Irish Wheelchair Association this October!

With over 20,000 people with physical disabilities as members, IWA must raise €1 million in funds this year so we can continue to provide vital services.

Embark on the challenge of a lifetime and join Irish Wheelchair Association on the final section of the Portuguese Coastal Route of the Camino de Santiago, following a beautiful trail from the maritime city of Vigo to wonderful Santiago de Compostela.

Enjoy great views of the Atlantic shoreline, distant Islas Cies and sheltered waters of the Vigo Estuary as you walk along the opening stage. The Portuguese Coastal Camino then converges with the original Portuguese Camino in the town of Redondela and continues through sloping forested valleys and clustered Galician farmsteads.

The fishing village of Arcade awaits, as does the magnificent historic city of Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the symbolic settlement of Padron and finally, the wonderful ancient city of Santiago de Compostela where you will get your Pilgrim’s Certificate or Compostela.

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Aside from an amazing physical accomplishment whether walking or rolling the distance, the best thing about being on the Camino de Santiago is the opportunity for personal reflection. Focusing all your energy on walking from morning to night, and keeping your rhythm as you walk or roll, is like an amazing form of meditation each day. Buen Camino!

Maura Rose Mc Mahon

What is the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago, or “The Way” as it is also widely known, is a network of ancient pilgrim trails which finish at the tomb of St James, in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Spain.

Legend has it that centuries ago, Saint James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried. For hundreds of years, people have paid tribute to St. James by recreating his final journey, and walking The Way as a spiritual pilgrimage, a fitness challenge, or a personal journey of reflection.

Camino walkers often attach a shell to their bags to symbolise their pilgrimage and wish fellow walkers “Buen Camino”, a gesture of camaraderie and good luck for their journey.

There is a long link between St. James’ Gate in Dublin and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This was the traditional starting point for pilgrims leaving from Dublin and pilgrim passports can still be stamped at St. James’ Church nearby.

The Challenge

The Coastal Camino Way for Irish Wheelchair Association takes place from Saturday May 9th to Saturday May 16th 2020 and is achievable for people of all age groups and all levels of fitness. Both the route and accommodation have limited fully wheelchair accessible and adapted rooms available. For more information please contact us.

Irish Wheelchair Association will organise all hotel accommodation, bus and luggage transfers and will provide two qualified English speaking guides.

All participants will be asked to raise a fundraising target of €1000, which will go directly to providing services for people with physical disabilities in communities around Ireland. We will provide you with a fundraising pack and ongoing support in achieving this target.

This challenge is wheelchair accessible and a limited number of adapted rooms are available!

Walk the Camino WIth IWA

DATES: Sat 9th May to Sat 16th May 2020

INCLUDED:

  • Seven nights accommodation in hotels (based on twin sharing)
  • Two experienced guides
  • Breakfast every day
  • Dinner every evening.
  • All bus transfers
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Shell and Pilgrim Passport
  • Compostela Ceremony

COST SUMMARY: 

Cost of trip: €675

Fundraising Target: €1000

Total Amount Payable by Participant: €1,675 (Flights not included – Recommended flights Dublin – Santiago de Compostela)

For fundraising ideas, please see below

The Camino de Santiago was an amazing journey with a feeling of great achievement at the end. I would highly recommend the experience!

Denise Williams

Will you Walk with Us?

To take on the journey of a lifetime and join Irish Wheelchair Association on the Coastal Camino, get in touch today – and play a significant part in helping Irish Wheelchair Association provide services to people with disabilities in communities throughout Ireland.

To register your interest please click here or contact Holly Johnson, Community Fundraising Officer via email fund@iwa.ie or call 087 215 9482.

Fundraising Ideas

  • Click here to create your page on iDonate and click the red “Start Fundraising” button to get started with your unique page. Then you can send your own link to your friends, family & contacts
  • Use one of our IWA Sponsorship Cards to get family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you
  • Have a coffee morning at your workplace or home and invite colleagues, friends and neighbours to catch up over a coffee and cakes
  • Hold a table quiz in your local pub and ask local businesses to sponsor a prize

For more information please contact:
Holly Johnson, Fundraising Officer on 087 215 9482 or holly.johnson@iwa.ie