John King with Margaret and Gerry Moloney preparing for the Galtymore Challenge.

THE Cliona’s Foundation Galtymore Challenge takes place on Saturday, October 28 and participants are now being sought for this unusual fundraising event.

The Limerick-based charity is looking for 50 people to walk with them and raise €200, all of which will go directly to supporting families with the non-medical costs of caring for their child.

Galtymore, a 919-metre mountain on the border between counties Limerick and Tipperary, is the highest of the Galtee Mountains and the fourteenth highest peak in Ireland. The walk will take about four to five hours and requires a good level of fitness.

The walk will commence from the car park in Skeheenarinky, which is 11km from Mitchelstown, and ground conditions will consist of some rocky path and open moorland.

“This is the first time the Foundation has organised an event like this and we are hoping that some of the many people who walk and climb every weekend either individually or as part of walking club/work group will lend their support,” Brendan Ring, founder of Cliona’s Foundation said.

“It also gives people the opportunity to undertake a challenge while helping others. I am looking forward to it as I understand it is a fantastic climb and there are spectacular views of Munster from the top on a clear day.”

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Cliona’s Foundation is the only Irish charity providing financial support to the families of children with a life-limiting condition all over the country from birth up to the age of 16 years of age to help with the non-medical costs of caring for their child. These costs can include accommodation, car parking, travel, childcare and specialist equipment. They have supported over 450 families over the past 10 years, 72 to date this year and currently have a waiting list of 25 families.

The Galtymore challenge gets under way at 9am and participants will receive a packed lunch and drink compliments of Carambola, a Cliona’s Foundation neck warmer, the services of mountain guide Mike Moroney and also a certificate acknowledging completion of the challenge and support of Cliona’s Foundation.

For more details email [email protected] or call 061-331333.

by Alan Jacques

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