A YOUNG Tralee girl is preparing to hurl herself out of an airplane to raise money for Meningitis Research.
Ballyheigue native and Presentation Secondary School, Tralee Student Rachel Walsh was diagnosed with meningitis in 2002 and it was this experience that inspired her to undertake the jump.
"In 2002 I got sick and was rushed to Kerry General Hospital. I was diagnosed with meningitis but thanks to the quick diagnosis and the great work of the staff I was one of the lucky ones and was released with no ill effects after a few days stay. I also have two cousins who were diagnosed with meningitis," said Rachel.
"I've already been involved in fundraising for Meningitis Research but I always wanted to do something special to highlight the work they do. This parachute jump is exactly what I was looking for."
Rachel needs to raise €500 to take part in the charity jump on September 1 and she is currently fundraising hard and looking for more sponsorship.
If you'd like to support her call 085 1455459 or alternatively get in touch with the charity directly by ringing ( 01) 8196931 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are around 200 to 300 cases of meningitis and septicaemia - the blood poisoning form of the disease - every year in the Republic of Ireland.