TWO North Kerry climbers have scaled new heights in their quest to raise money for charity.
Kieran Kennelly from Lisselton and Ciara Dineen from Beale climbed Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in aid of Orbis Ireland in late September - and it was no easy challenge.
Upon arriving in Tanzania it took the intrepid duo five days to reach the summit following a gruelling schedule, which included a 12-hour trek through rainforest and a long trek through moorland, before they began to make their ascent to the summit.
It took both climbers some time to become acclimatised to the altitude, with headaches and nausea severely affecting Ciara on the fourth day of the climb. As they made their final ascent on the fifth day, there were added complications for Kieran as the water in his bottle froze, making the gruellin climb even more difficult as he now also had to contend with dehydration. Nevertheless both made it safely to the summit and both made it safely home back to north Kerry.
While Ciara and Kieran have raised significant sponsorship, as of yet, they still haven't reached their target. If anybody wishes to contribute they can log on to mycharity.ie and search for Ciara Dineen. Both would like to thank all those who have sponsored them to date and those who wished them well in their endeavours.
Orbis is an international charity dedicated to the treatment and prevention of blindness in the developing world.