In October 2020 Mandy Finlay decided to take up a walking Challenge to raise funds for her club Lakers. She was determined not just to raise funds, but also wanted to become fitter and healthier. Inspired by her all time Hero, WWE Wrestler John Cena, she decided she would set her target as high as she could. She was determined to walk not 10,000 steps a day, but to reach the goal of 1 Million Steps to support the club she loves during lock down.
Mandy has not only reached her target, but smashed every daily target on her Fitbit. She completed her 1 Million Steps on Saturday 16th January. She is a true inspiration to us all and is a true testament to her hero John Cena’s slogan “never give up”. She has braved the elements, but with pure determination has not only reached her goal but has also lost over 3 and a half stone in weight. So far Mandy has raised over €27,000 in donations for Lakers, and has appeared on RTE News, Newstalk, EastCoast FM and in many local newspapers. We are all so proud of her efforts and want to thank her for her amazing resilience and determination, and want to thank everyone for their kind support.
Your donation will make a huge difference to our club – and is so appreciated. Last year was very tough for our club financially but also very tough for our members who really missed their routine of coming to Lakers. They have been missing their friends, activities, and the community the Lakers centre provides.
It was very hard for Lakers last year, and it was felt even more at the end of the year when we couldn’t do our usual bucket collections, bag packing, raffle sales and other Christmas fundraiser’s. So receiving your support for Mandy at the start of this year really means a lot to us. We have been so lucky this past year – with community support, we are managing to stay afloat despite the challenges. Thanks to kind people like you we will be able to provide online classes for the next couple of months or weeks to our members with special needs.
Our jam packed timetable includes yoga, mindfulness, art, cookery, keep fit, dance, coffee mornings and meet ups – all taking place over Zoom and Facebook Live. Our aim is to keep our members connected, engaged with their activities, in contact with their friends and supported in a new routine until we can all be back together again.
Your support means many vulnerable members and struggling families will have that extra bit of support they might need. So thank you!
Thank you so much for giving to our club
Stay Safe & Happy New Year
From Mandy and All the Lakers Team
P.S. Mandy has said she isn’t going to stop and is going to continue to walk to raise funds for Lakers. You can support her by clicking her fundraising page here and sharing it with friends and family