MAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke has praised ‘Iron Man’ Danny Quigley
who has raised over £100,000 for local charities.
Danny took on the challenge earlier this year to mark the 10-year anniversary of his father Colm’s passing from suicide on March 23, 2011.
Mr Quigley spent much of the year training for the grueling challenge, which comprised of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile cycle and then a marathon – all carried out ten consecutive times.
The Derry-man completed the challenge in August.
Mr Quigley’s fundraising page for The Bogside Brandywell Health Forum and PIETA, a suicide prevention charity, has been running throughout and on Sunday finally reached the landmark figure.
Said Mayor Warke: “A massive congratulations to our DecaMan Danny Quigley who has now surpassed the £100,000 mark in his fundraising for the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm.
“Completing the challenge of ten Iron Man triathlons in ten days was an unbelievable accomplishment in itself, but raising so much money for such worthy causes is truly admirable and inspiring and will help save lives.
“Well done, Danny!”
In a post on social media, Mr Quigley wrote: “We’ve done it.
“This has been one of the hardest and most rewarding few months in my life.
“I feel like a broken record here but once again, I am simply in awe of the generosity, gratitude and charity of the people of Derry and Donegal.
“To everyone that donated; from the businesses that had the means to donate large sums right down to the men and women throwing in a pound here and there. All of it has added up to this.
“All of you have helped out and all of you played your part in raising this money, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
He added: “A special thank you to Joe McKane and Odhran McKane and the McKane family for being with me every step of the way. Georgie Harkin, Seamus Crossan, Stephen Quigley for being in high spirits.
“A special thank you of course to the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum – they’ve done so much and will continue to do so after my work in raising the money is complete.“And of course, a special thank you to my friends/family and all of the people that were down supporting.
“Follow along for updates on how we’ll be able to put this money to good use.”
Mr Quigley was congratulated by many online for reaching the impressive fund-raising figure.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood wrote: “Danny Quigley is a hero and an inspiration to us all in Derry and beyond.
“His determination has brought out the best in everyone who donated and I’m sure these funds will go a long way.
“Well done, Danny.”Tags: