Saturday 24 August 2019

Second 21km hike to aid DSNE

Margaret Roddy

The second Challenge 21 event, a sponsored 21km walk across the Sliabh Beagh area of Co Monaghan, is taking place on Saturday, Septempter 14th 2019 in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre North East.

This non-profit organisation provides subsidised, essential services for the Down Syndrome Community in the North East region covering counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth & Meath.

The challenge provides options for self-led and guided walking as well as self-led jog/run for those who really want to push themselves!

Participants are asked to get 21 people to each sponsor them €21, to walk 21km.

The 21 is highly symbolic for the organisation as people with Down Syndrome have a third copy of the 21st Chromosome.

Sponsorship can also be raised by hosting an event such as a coffee morning/bake sale, online fundraising platform such as 'GoFundMe'/ Facebook Fundraiser, or simply use our Sponsorship cards.

The Challenge 21 route is graded as "moderately difficult" and incorporates rugged pathways, boggy hillside, forest tracks, grassy trails and a section of tarred public roads. Water stations and toilet facilities will be set up along the route.

On the morning of the event, light refreshments will be available at the Sliabh Beagh hotel.

A Participant Pack will be provided which will include a bespoke Challenge 21 t-shirt, drawstring backpack & more to help you along the way. A delicious hot buffet meal for each participant will be provided on return to the hotel.

Down Syndrome Centre North East are hoping to raise €50,000 from the challenge which will go towards the running costs of the centre, which are in the region of €150,000+ per year.

Last year's inaugural event was a huge success with 151 people taking on the challenge navigating through the steep, boggy terrain with people coming from all corners of Ireland & we even had some visitors from the UK to support the event.

It raised an impressive €51,579.52 which has been used to provide vital services such as Occupational Therapy, Early Intervention groups & Music Therapy.

This year there are to two fantastic prizes on offer for some of our lucky participants!

All participants who register before August 16th and complete the event will be entered into a draw for 1 night B&B and evening meal for 2 in the elegant Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

This prize is kindly donated by The Landmark Hotel.

All participants who complete the challenge & lodge their sponsorship by 14th October 2019 will be entered into a draw for 1 night B&B and evening meal for 2, at the AMAZING 5 star Ashford Castle Hotel, Cong, Co. Mayo, valued at almost €600. This prize is kindly sponsored by Carolan Murphy Ltd, Construction, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

The event is sponsored again this year by Abbott Nutrition meaning that every cent raised will go directly towards benefiting the DSCNE. Online registration only, please register via Eventbrite, search 'Challenge 21 2019 (North East event)' or on Facebook: The Down Syndrome Centre North East.

For more information email

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