Journalist Andrea Smith is Walking the Camino for The RISE Foundation

The RISE foundation are delighted that Journalist Andrea Smith will be walking The Camino with us on the 3rd October this year.Andrea has been writing a weekly column in the Independent newspaper every week.She explains in her weekly column why she decided to walk the camino and her journey from Couch to Camino.If you are inspired by Andrea's story you can sponsor her on

Here are some of Andrea's articles that she writes every Monday in the Irish Independent's Health & Living magazine.

Week 1.

Walk the Camino to Finistere with Frances Black in aid the RISE Foundation this October 2015

Have you ever dreamed of walking the St James Way or Camino? Now is your chance to make your dream come true!!

This October, Frances Black and a wonderful group of people are planning, with the help of the Dublin-based Camino Experts Follow the Camino, to accompany a group of at least 30 people on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the Camino de Santiago also known as the Way of St James, a 1000 years old Heritage Trail to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.

The RISE Foundation Golf Classic 2015

The Rise foundation are holding a Golf Classic on the 14th May in Killeen Castle,Co Meath.This is one of our major fundraising events for the year,as we don't get any government funding we hope that this event will support us in keeping our services open.It is events like this that keep us going and enable us to provide a ten week family programme and a one to one counselling service for family members who have someone they love with an alcohol,drug,gambling problem.

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