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Saturday 19 October 2019

Art for Kilimanjaro

Maria Pepper

A Gorey chef planning to scale the heady heights of Kilimanjaro for charity in October held an art exhibition to raise funds in Partridge's Bistro where she works.

Danii Parker asked creative customers and other people that she knows, including local tattoo and graffiti artists, to paint and donate pieces for the exhibition in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) centre in Ballycanew and met with a very generous response.

Danii is one of a group of eight people (five men and three women) from the Gorey/Kilmuckridge/Enniscorthy areas who are flying to Tanzania on October 13 to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

The group who came together through Facebook, have set themselves a fundraising target of €10,000 for the IWA centre but must also raise €1,000 each to cover trip expenses.

The Ballycanew premises was chosen to benefit as the grandmother of one of the members, Sean Byrne, from Kilmuckridge, attends the centre.

The group expect to spend seven days climbing the mountain and are not due to return to Gorey until October 25.

'I'm excited but also a bit nervous. I haven't been away from my daughter for that length of time before,' said Danii who is mother to five-year-old Ella Rose.

The group has been training for the climb by trekking in the Blackstairs and Comeragh Mountains and in County Kerry.

Donated artworks in the exhibition, including paintings and prints, are currently being sold online. Some of them were donated by the Different Strokes art shop.

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