Sponsored Walk




To mark his 70th Birthday, current Lurgan RF&CC Cricket Co-Chairman Denis Johnston, wants to do something positive to give thanks for reaching those three score years and ten.

Two organisations which have meant a great deal to him over the years are Macmillan Cancer Support and the South American Mission Society Ireland (SAMS).  

His wife Hilary died from Cancer 23 years ago at the age of forty and more recently his younger brother Alan an Irish cricket international and his close friend Archdeacon Philip Patterson also passed away to that same disease and he wants to remember them at this time.

His involvement with SAMS and mission in South America goes back over forty years. A current priority project is the provision of a toilet block , kitchen facilities and a shelter for the indigenous community in Paraguay.

Denis has been involved in sport most of his life and captained both the Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and Lurgan Cricket Club. To this end he has decided to do a sponsored walk on Saturday the 19th June 2021  from Lisnagarvey’s  ground in Hillsborough to Lurgan’s ground at Pollock Park in Lurgan a total of 14 miles. (7+7 @70). He will be joined by his two sons, Philip and Stephen, his late brother Alan’s wife Moira and the late Philip Patterson’s wife Eleanor.

 Lurgan RF&CC ambassador and Ireland rugby international Jacob Stockdale says, “ I am delighted to see Denis retaining his sporting links and congratulate him on marking his 70th birthday in this unique manner. I wish him well in this endeavour and trust you will support his chosen charities.”

To sponsor Denis and raise funds equally for both Macmillan and SAMS please go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DenisJohnston or search for “Denis Johnston” on the main virgin money giving homepage.

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