Karen to take the plunge for cancer society

A BRAVE West Kerry woman is set to reach new heights on Friday March 7 as she prepares to jump out of a plane and fall thousands of feet to Earth in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

While we may have all heard of the 'Shave or Dye' initiative, Karen O'Sullivan, a student in University College Cork, is currently preparing for UCC's 'Shave or Dive' which will see her travel to Edenderry in Co. Offaly where she will fly thousands of feet above ground before jumping out of a plane.

"I really wanted to do it because I wanted to show that I am willing to fling myself out of a plane to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society," Karen told The Kerryman.

"Cancer affects so many; at the moment, one in three people in Ireland will develop cancer in their lifetime.

"By 2020, that's expected to rise to 2 in 3 - I want to help and funds are always needed for research and care."

This is Karen's first sky-dive with the training taking place on the day she arrives in Edenderry.

"I'm doing a tandem sky-dive so I'll have a pro diving with me.

"We're diving with the Irish Parachute Club and it's taking place in Clonbullogue Airfield, Edenderry," she said.

"I'm nervous and excited at the same time because I've always wanted to do a sky dive and it feels way better doing it when it's for charity.

"I know on the day though in the plane and just before we jump I'll be the most nervous but I'm really looking forward to it!" Karen said.

Karen is currently raising funds through her page on MyCharity.ie but people can also contribute to the cause in Sheehy's Spar on Dingle's Green Street where Karen works at weekends.