SAMS Ireland announces Denis Johnston Sponsored Walk on 19 June 2021


To mark his 70th Birthday former SAMS Ireland General Secretary  Denis Johnston, a lifelong member of Shankill Parish, Lurgan 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 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 and a project to build a toilet block and kitchen facilities for the indigenous community in Paraguay has been identified.

Denis has also been involved in sport most of his life and captained both 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 several family members and friends. To sponsor Denis and raise funds for both  Macmillan and SAMS  please go to :


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