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Sunday 20 August 2017

Gardaí raise over €63,000 after climbing four peaks

Participants take a break after reaching the summit of Lugnaquilla in Co Wicklow at the Garda Four Peaks challenge for Aware Photo: Mark Condren
Participants take a break after reaching the summit of Lugnaquilla in Co Wicklow at the Garda Four Peaks challenge for Aware Photo: Mark Condren
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Gardaí helped raise more than €63,000 for a mental health charity after successfully climbing four mountains in three days.

The 'Garda 4 Peaks Challenge' drew 125 gardaí ranging in age from a 19-year-old cadet to a 68-year-old retiree as well as police officers from New York, Australia and Northern Ireland, along with Irish Independent photographer Mark Condren.

Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley gets a hug from retired Garda Seamus Tutty at the end of the challenge. Photo: Mark Condren
Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley gets a hug from retired Garda Seamus Tutty at the end of the challenge. Photo: Mark Condren

Together they climbed a total of 11,937 feet after climbing Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry on Friday, following by Mweelrea in Co Mayo and Slieve Donard in Co Down on Saturday.

They finished to a hero's welcome at the base of Lugnaquilla in the Wicklow mountains yesterday where they were joined by around 200 walkers and well-wishers.

Gda Brendan O'Toole (35), who organised the event, said he was delighted with the turnout and the amount raised for Aware charity. "We're up to over €63,000 and there are still donations coming in. It couldn't have gone any better," he said.

Irish Independent

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