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DCU students aim to 'break Berlin' in 'Beg Borrow Steal' charity stunt

Published 23/10/2015 | 14:36

Students Alesi Horan(19) and Addie Lennon(18) are taking part in charity event 'Beg, Borrow, Steal' in an attempt to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.

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The stunt will see two first-year DCU students attempt to get to Berlin with no money, after first travelling through a series of checkpoints throughout Europe.

One hundred teams of two are competing in the challenge, which will see the students hit at least two points before their final destination - without one cent to their names.

"Our wallets will be put in a safe and locked away", Horan told Independent.ie.

The two first-year students became fast friends after being placed together in their student accommodation on campus.

Horan hails from Kildare while Lennon was born in America to Irish parents.

The rules don't allow for the girls to plan their trip in advance, even though they know the date.

"We were going to hitchhike maybe on the day... we can't plan too much, it all has to be done on the day".

"Apparently it's harder than it seems to get a free flight, apparently they don't like it when you show up asking for a flight in the airport".

"We're not the brightest girls on the best of days but we'll give it a go and try our best".

"At the end of the day it's all for the Irish Cancer Society, we all know somebody that's been touched".

The girls will be running a series of fundraisers, both online and offline, in the run up to the event.

"Every cent raised goes to the Irish cancer society" Horan stressed. "We are not raising any funds towards the challenge".

Alesi Horan and Addie Lennon are 'racing across Europe' with zero funds in a charity challenge.

Follow their updates on twitter with the hashtag #DCUBegBorrowSteal, and the girls are on Twitter as @Breaking_Berlin.

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