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Tyrone two trek for Cuba

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara waged guerrilla warfare from the Sierra Maestra

TWO young Tyrone people will be in Cuba in mid-October to trek the Caribbean island’s Sierra Maestra Mountain range in a fund-raising effort for Cuban Medical Aid.
Barry McColgan, from Strathroy in Omagh, and Marie Claire Devlin, from Pomeroy, will be starting the gruelling trek of Cuba’s highest mountain range on October 15th.
The Tyrone duo, both members of Ógra Shinn Féin, have already had their efforts officially endorsed by the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland Teresita Trujillo.
The Sierra Maestra, as well as being famous as the highest mountain range in Cuba, is historically renowned for the guerrilla warfare that was waged by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s 26th July Movement at the start of the Cuban revolution.
Encouraging people to support the fund-raising effort for Cuban Medical Aid, Barry McColgan said:
“The US embargo on Cuba limits the availability of essential medicines and medical supplies to the Cuban people. We want to use the fund-raising trek to raise much-needed medical aid but also awareness about the blockade and the devastating effects it has on day to day life for Cuban citizens.”

• Anyone who wants to support the Tyrone Two and Cuban Medical Aid is asked to contact Ógra Shinn Féin direct at [email protected]

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