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Wednesday 21 November 2018

'Friends of Aengus' will carry 150kg up Knocknarea as part of fundraising

'Friends of Aengus - Bring Him Home' continue their €50,000 fundraising initiative with the Knocknarea Challenge on Saturday 29th September.

The group kicked off their fundraising August 23rd when two friends of Aengus cycled 650km from Mizen Head to Malin Head. The cycle was done over 3 days from the 23rd to the 25th August.

Their next event is the Knocknarea Challenge. One of Aengus' friends has designed and constructed a wooden platform on top of which a replica house will be placed bearing the 'Friends of Aengus - Bring Him Home' branding. It will weigh 150kg, which is the equivalent weight of Aengus and his wheelchair. The wooden structure allows four people on either side, eight people in total, to carry it at any one time.

Friends of Aengus will carry the structure up the 2.5km route to the summit of Knocknarea, Co. Sligo. The group will take it in turn amongst themselves to successfully complete their latest challenge. Support on the day is welcome to cheer on the group as they climb to the top.

Friends of Aengus ask you to support their latest fundraising challenge with the aim of reaching their target of €50,000 which will enable Aengus to move into a new purpose-built home.

Since 'Friends of Aengus - Bring Him Home' started they have raised just over €12,000 in 4 weeks. Through local fundraising, along with online donations via their GoFundMe page (www.friendsofaengus.com/donate), the Friends of Aengus hope the Knocknarea Challenge will bring them even closer to that all-important €50,000 target.

Thirty-seven-year-old Aengus' life was changed forever in 2014 when he was playing indoor football. He slipped, hit his head against a wall and snapped his spinal chord.

In July of this year, after 4 and a half years, Aengus left the hospital system. He now resides in Woodhaven Therapy Centre on the Strandhill Road, Sligo.

'Friends of Aengus' is a group of Aengus' many friends who came together in November 2014 with the intention of fundraising for Aengus. To date they have successfully raised much needed funds for him which has so far allowed Aengus to purchase his own wheelchair accessible van. The group of friends raised this money by completing a 'Twin Peaks Challenge' in 2015 which saw them scale the heights of Mount Snowdon in Wales and Mount Errigal in Donegal. In 2016 they held a successful 'Mystery Movie Night and Giant Raffle' and there have been table quizzes, and other events as well as on-going online donations through www.friendsofaengus.com.

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