Hi, my name is Ali. This year I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, this is an inflammatory autoimmune arthritis.

I want to spread the awareness for all types of arthritis, as arthritis is not just for older people.

I hope to walk 100km in 30 days for this. (Approx 3km a day) (this is a big challenge for me)

Please walk with me and donate ❤️ (I am going to up the target each time I meet it. My first target was €50)

Before my diagnosis I had never heard of this illness, this made the diagnosis 100 times more scary. My aim is to raise awareness to help stop this happening!

Around 40,000 people in Ireland have rheumatoid arthritis, and most (70%) are women.

There is no cure for Ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis, but early diagnosis and appropriate treatment allows many people with the condition to reduce the number of flare-ups, lead full lives, and remain at work. Ali Long