Irish boy Zack (12) will climb Ireland’s four highest peaks in 48 hours for suicide awareness
Published 04/05/2015 | 15:05
An Irish boy will be the youngest person to climb four of Ireland’s highest peaks in 48 hours to promote positive mental health after a family friend died by suicide.
Zack Wright (12) from Co. Westmeath today climbed Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry and will climb Mweelrea Mountain, Slieve Donard, and Lugnaquilla throughout the next two days to raise awareness for suicide.
The secondary school student is the youngest person in the country to attempt such a feat and is joined by his dad Frankie (50) on the challenge.
The twelve-year-old decided to embark on the Climb for Suicide after his family lost a friend to suicide.
“My neighbour, Dermot Kilroy, has been one of my best friends all of my life and he’s always been there for me. His son took his own life a few years ago and I just wanted to complete this challenge for him,” said Zach.
The Mercy Convent Kilbeggan schoolboy last year climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for The Irish Heart Foundation and his dad Frankie said that he hopes that this Irish challenge will help to raise awareness for another cause that is very close to his son’s heart.
“We’ve just done Carantoohill this morning so we’re hoping to get Mweelrea Mountain in Connaught done by 7pm this evening,” said Frankie.
“Tomorrow we’ll have an early start at 2 or 3am but hopefully Zach might even finish before the 48 hours.”
“Zach’s hoping that people will text Orange to 50300 to raise some much needed funds and also maybe take a selfie in something orange like a hat or a scarf to spread the word and raise awareness,” he said.
The father and son duo often compete in triathlons and take on other challenges together, but Zach said his school friends don’t really understand how big of a task four peaks in 48 hours really is.
“They don’t understand at all. They think it’s just a few walks but it really isn’t. When I finish there will be a lot of Playstation and then back to school on Wednesday,” he said.
The father and son from Mullingar are accompanied on the challenge by their driver Niall Clarke and their navigator Colin Clarke who are ferrying them around the country as they strive to complete the mammoth climbs.