Thursday 2 October 2014

Fundraiser: How to have an adventure and help your favourite charity

Irish companies are offering 'charity adventure' holidays, writes Graham Clifford

Beth Dinsmore of Suas with her husband Jonathan Griffin at Mount Everest.
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Fancy pushing yourself to the limit and stepping out of your comfort zone . . . while at the same time contributing to a worthwhile cause?

Well, a growing number of Irish charities are offering adventure holidays to daring fundraisers who like to walk on the wild side.

You can trek through some of the world's highest mountain ranges, climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or push yourself to the finishing line in the gruelling New York marathon.

Those signing up will usually – but not always – have to pay their own fare and then fund-raise an equivalent amount for the charity.

Irish people of all ages and backgrounds go the extra mile for charity each year.

Tempted? Well here are just some of the fund-raising opportunities available to those who want to do more than get their head shaved or body waxed!

Lake District UK 'Blazing Bikers' Challenge

May 2013

Charity: Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Enjoy the feeling of the wind in your hair as you race through the open countryside on your motorbike?

Well, father and daughter team Billy and Katriona Shanahan have come up with a way where that thrill can be experienced while also raising money for charity.

In aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind the 'Blazing Bikers' adventure will see around 100 bikes leave Ireland for the Lake District in the North of England on the May bank holiday weekend (May 3 to 6)

It's the sixth year of the motorbike challenge and 1,200km will be covered over four days.

"It's a wonderful trip and over the years great friendships have been built. We brief every biker before each ride and make sure no one is left alone on the road. Once based in a hotel in the North of England we'll go on various trips each day and the craic will be something else," says Katriona, who's busy looking for sponsorship for the challenge.

Suited to both groups and individuals the cost of taking part in the Blazing Bikers weekend is €550 for drivers and €350 for pillion passengers. At least half of all the money raised will go to the Irish guide dogs charity.

For more information contact or visit

Charity: The Irish Heart Foundation

As challenges go few compare to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.

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