Athy scouts pitch tent in all 26 counties

Seven members of 5th Kildare (Athy) Scout Group have completed a mission to pitch a tent in each of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland in 24 hours.

Seven members of 5th Kildare (Athy) Scout Group have completed a mission to pitch a tent in each of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland in 24 hours.

‘Operation Tent-the-Nation’ (Code Name: 1-24-26) saw the group drive around the country over 17 and 18 August. After pitching the first tent at 7pm on Friday in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal, they finished in Athy with 15 minutes to spare on the Saturday evening.

About 100 people turned out in Athy on Saturday evening to congratulate the scouts on a job well done. They were also greeted by people along the way.

“People came out to meet us in most of the places,” Neil “Toffee” Davis told the Leinster Leader. “Even at four or five in the morning, there were members of local scout groups there with coffee and snacks”.

The seven travelled in two vehicles. “We had a van from Perry Motors in Athy and a car from Albert Dunne. We had walkie-talkies so we could communicate between the two.”

The aim of the challenge was to raise enough money to buy an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Athy Scout Den as well as each of the other 42 Scout Counties in Ireland. Mr Davis says that one AED costs €1,500 and they set a fundraising target of €100,000.

The group has a bank account set up for donations, details of which can be found on the event’s Facebook page: facebook.com/OperationTentTheNation

“We’d like to thank everyone who supported us along the way,” said Mr Davis.

- Liam Godinho