Jonjo steps out for cancer charity

Published Friday, 05 April 2013
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A young boy from Kent is putting his best foot forward in Northern Ireland to raise much needed funds for a cancer charity.

Jonjo steps out for cancer charity
Jonjo takes to the streets to raise awareness over cancer. (© UTV)

Jonjo Heuerman, 11, is walking across two counties, clocking up almost 30 miles.

He took on the task in memory of relatives from NI which he lost to cancer.

He began his three-day trek for Cancer Research on Thursday at his great-grandfather's final resting place of Laurencetown in rural Co Down and will end it at Milltown Cemetry in busy west Belfast where his great-grandmother was laid to rest.

Jonjo said that he began organising walks after his granny died of the disease. His sister raised over £10k for their local hospice and he decided he wanted a challenge too.

Since then, he has organised events and awareness appearances including a '66 miles in six days' walk, and also 23 and 27 mile walks.

It is estimated that over £1m has been raised in awareness for Cancer Research UK through his public appearances. Young Jonjo has also gathered over £100k in public donations.

My ultimate goal is to keep on raising money until cancer doesn't exist.

Jonjo Heuerman

"I'm very happy because loads of people have been helping me and loads of donations have been made," he said.

On his latest walk, he added: "It's a really special walk because both my mum's grandparents died of the same disease in Ireland."

Jonjo hopes people will come out and show their support for him along his route.

On Saturday, the final day, he will carry a floral tribute for all of the people listed on the special t-shirt he is wearing on the walk and at the end, he will call out all of the names when he lays the flowers at his grandmother's graveside.

His mum Donna left Belfast with her family in 1970 when the Troubles broke out, but has a huge family circle in the region.

Of her son's non-stop fundraising, she said: "He does wear you out a little bit and it is hard to keep up with him.

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"But I think children should be encouraged, not discouraged. It is good to do good."
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Arlene McVeigh in Belfast Northern Ireland wrote (598 days ago):
Carol Parkinson was my friend since childhood and she was a courageous lady who fought for everyone who has suffered and is still suffering with this horrible disease. Well done Jonjo i wish there were more children like u.
chelsea parkinson in Belfast wrote (598 days ago):
As a member of Carol Parkinson's family, it makes me so proud to see her name on this wee man's t-shirt. Good on you Jonjo, and thank you. I wish you all the luck in the world.
big fan of jonjo in comber wrote (601 days ago):
all the people of this wee country should be proud of this young lad, he is a credit to his family.
what a great young lad in newtownards wrote (602 days ago):
when you read about flag protests and republican parades with kids marching is it not great to hear about this young lad doing his bit for cancer, I am sure his family are very proud of him?good luck jonjo I hope you raise loads of monies for the people who have this awful illness.
Jon in Coleraine wrote (602 days ago):
Good luck wee man
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