Saturday 3 December 2016

'Superheroes' abseil down 115ft building for Make-a-Wish Ireland

Published 14/10/2016 | 17:41

Volunteers, family members and supporters abseiled 115 feet down the side of the State Street building today to raise money for Make-A-Wish Ireland.

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Participants in the Rope for Hope event had to raise €1,000 each for the Irish Make-A-Wish foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal illnesses. Some of the volunteers on the day were dressed as their favourite superheroes.

This was the first Rope for Hope in Ireland after the Canadian Make-A-Wish branch held a number of similar successful events. Make-A-Wish Ireland plan to run the same event again next year.

"Everyone's excited and mostly very nervous," Molly, a volunteer, said at the event. "It's great to see a fundraiser that's a bit different to get people excited about it."

Make-A-Wish Ireland use the funds raised at their events to grant wishes to children who have terminal illnesses, to bring some joy and memories into their difficult lives. Children might choose to go to Disneyland or meet their favourite sports team, but Make-A-Wish deliver whatever is within their reach.

Make-A-Wish Ireland granted more than 170 wishes last year, and this year they hope to grant more than 220.

This event was launched by Make-A-Wish ambassador Daragh Wallace, who received his wish to go to Disneyland in 2004.

In a statement, Make-A-Wish CEO Susan O’Dwyer said, “Rope for Hope is an exhilarating event and we are excited to give our supporters this great opportunity to abseil 115 feet down a side of a city building. This is our first year doing this event and the bravery and thoughtful commitment of participants to their fundraising will together help our brave children receive their special wishes.”

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