Sunday 19 November 2017

Climbers reach peaks of perfection for homeless

Lyndsey Telford

HUNDREDS of fundraisers have climbed nearly 12,000 feet over the last three days – helping to raise €200,000 for a homelessness charity.

Nearly 400 climbers tackled the Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge, scaling four of the countries highest mountains across the four provinces.

Director of fundraising and marketing at the charity, Lisa Nicole Dunne, said the challenge of the climbs was nothing compared to that faced by people sleeping rough.

"While the four peaks can be a rewarding personal challenge while helping a great cause, there are of course other greater challenges faced by many in society over the last few years which we have seen all too regularly in our work right across the country," Ms Dunne said.

The challenge, which saw fundraisers scale a total 11,937 feet, began with Carrauntoohil in Kerry on Friday, followed by Mweelrea in Mayo and Slieve Donard in Down on Saturday, and finished yesterday on top of Lugnaquilla in Wicklow.

Last month, Focus Ireland claimed homelessness could be almost halved if the Government kept its promise to hand over empty homes under the control of the State's toxic assets agency.

Irish Independent

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