Caitriona plans to go trekking in Napal for

Pic: Michelle Cooper Galvin.
Pic: Michelle Cooper Galvin.

A KILLARNEY based Cork woman is appealing to the people of Kerry to give generously over the next few months as she embarks on a major fundraising drive for Concern.

Caitriona Hegarty, who works as a Clinical Psychologist with the Southern Health Board in Killarney, must raise ?4,000 before she participates in the Concern Nepal Challenge in April.

The 28-year-old who has worked in Killarney for over a year, is confident people will support this very worthy cause.

“I saw a poster in the gym in the Gleneagle Hotel for the challenge and as I had never undertaken something like this before I decided to give it a go. I have to pay some of the money myself and then I must raise ?4,000. I have only just started fundraising and already people have been very generous,” she said.

This year Concern has organised two treks one to Nepal and the other to Nimibia in Africa. Last year Concern raised ?200,000 from four treks that it organised to Nepal, but this year it is aiming to raise ?500,000.

Caitriona is just one of 42 participants nation-wide who will participate in the 12 day trek from April 21 to May 2.

“I see this as a personal challenge while also having the opportunity to raise money for a good cause. However while I would be reasonably fit I will have to do some serious training to reach a suitable fitness level.

“I understand we will be undertaking the Mardi-Himal Trek which is at the foothills of the Annapurna Region and should reach an altitude of 4,000 metres,” she explained.

On Thursday night Caitriona will hold a fundraising table quiz in the Killarney Court Hotel. Commencing at 8.30pm the entry fee for the quiz is ?28 per team with four individuals per team. A second fundraising table quiz will be held in the Brogue Inn in Tralee on Wednesday, February 12 also starting at 8.30pm.

Concern is active in 28 countries and works in three main areas - humanitarian disasters, long term development and education and advocacy.

Anyone interested in helping Caitriona in her fundraising efforts can contact her on caitrionahegarty_@hotmail.com or alternatively log into www.concernchallenge.org

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