Friday 22 September 2017

Gardai raise over €30k for charity ahead of Four Peak Mountain Challenge

Gardai at the launch of the Garda Four Peaks Challenge Photo: Mark Condren
Gardai at the launch of the Garda Four Peaks Challenge Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

A group of 100 gardai have already raised more than €30,000 for charity ahead of a Four Peak Mountain Challenge being undertaken by the force next month.

The three day challenge will see the gardai - both serving and retired - tackling the heights of Carrantuohill in Kerry, Mweelrea in Mayo, Slieve Donard in Down and Wicklow's Lugnaquila, covering the highest peaks across Ireland's four provinces.

Participants are aiming to raise more than €50,000 in total for mental health charity, Aware, by the time they take on the challenge on May 19.

Speaking ahead of the hike, Detective Chief Superintendent at Harcourt Street, Pat Lorden said it's hugely significant.

"When I heard about this challenge, I said yeah, this one is for me," he said.

"I did Kilimanjaro last year on a separate adventure, so this is a big challenge, I think it's bigger than Kilimanjaro to be honest with you.

"It's the awareness of mental health and mental well-being and our mindfulness of what we're doing in our jobs. But it's not just for the guards, it's a challenge for everyone in life and we want to highlight what's going on in people's minds at any time and that there is help out there," he added.

Irish Independent photographer, Mark Condren is also set to join the team on the challenge, and will document the full three days.

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