Tuesday 19 September 2017

Irish woman (30s) dies in Africa while on charity fundraiser

Mount Kilimanjaro Photo: Deposit
Mount Kilimanjaro Photo: Deposit

Olivia Kelleher and Alan O'Keeffe

An Irish woman has died in an accident on a fund-raising trip to Africa.

The woman (35) travelled with a group from Ireland to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

She had been active in raising money for charity as part of the expedition to the African mountain.

It is believed she was involved in an accident at the mountain.

She was attended by a doctor at the scene but she died shortly after 8am yesterday.

The woman is understood to be from the Cork/Waterford area.

She worked for a company based in County Cork.

Her name was not released yesterday and her family members were informed of the tragedy yesterday afternoon.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed officials were liaising with the victim’s family  in relation to the repatriation of the body.

The cause of the accident was not disclosed last night.

The group travelled to Africa with the Dublin-based adventure travel company Earth’s Edge.

The company referred to the tragedy in a posting on its Facebook page last night.

Another Irish fund-raising expedition to Kilimanjaro was marred by tragedy in 2013 when mountain climber and adventurer Ian McKeever was tragically killed on Africa’s highest mountain after being struck by lightning.

Mr McKeever, a well-known charity fundraiser, was leading a group  to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania when the group was beset by bad weather.

The 42-year-old was struck by lightning. His fiancee was among more than 20 Irish people in the group.

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