Enda scaling new heights
INTREPID Enda Lonergan, general secretary of the GUI's Connacht Branch, is set to scale new heights -- literally.
For the last two years, Enda has climbed Croagh Patrick seven days in succession to raise funds for Mayo Autism Action.
Now he's going onwards and upwards.
Enda says: "Having reached the summit 10 times in the seven days of my 2010 Challenge and raised €4,324 in the process, I am raising the bar this year.
"My plan is to climb the 751 metres to the summit of Croagh Patrick 15 times in the seven days -- but I will not be stopping at that.
"I will also tackle Kilimanjaro, which is Africa's highest peak and the world's fourth highest peak.
"I will do this from May 6-15, along with some other dedicated Mayo Autism Action fundraisers.
"In total, the combined 15 trips up Croagh Patrick and one on Kilimanjaro will come to over 17,500m -- equal to climbing Mount Everest twice.
"I would love to think that I could raise €1 for every metre climbed, but I am fully aware of the tough times we all find ourselves in.
"Therefore, I have set what I believe to be a modest and achievable target of €10,000."
Come on -- Enda deserves more than that. Donate at www.mycharity.ie/event/enda_lonergans_event_croaghpatrick2kilimanjaro/ or directly to: Enda Lonergan, Gibleen Lodge, Carrowholly, Westport, Co Mayo.
Cheques should be made payable to 'Mayo Autism Action'.