Wanted Kildare's bravest people to walk over hot coals for children living in chronic pain.

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Paula Campbell

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Wanted Kildare's bravest people to walk over hot coals for children living in chronic pain.

Participants taking part last year

Irish skin charity Debra Ireland is seeking Kildare volunteers to take on their empowering Firewalk challenge, which takes place Dublin's Old Wesley rugby club, Donnybrook on Monday October 15.

Billed as the hottest event in town, firewalkers take part in two hours of motivational training before setting off on their short walk over three metres of burning wood embers.

"Firewalking is truly awesome and after doing it you feel you can achieve whatever you are aiming for in life," said Judith Gilsenan, Head of Fundraising for Debra Ireland.

"It's an amazing experience, a chance to ignite your passion and discover what you can really do."

Debra Ireland supports people in Ireland living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.

"A firewalk might sound a bit scary but it is people with EB who are the real superheroes and they need our support,” said Judith.

Those taking part in the firewalk are asked to pay a €50 registration fee and raise €200 for Debra Ireland.

Rachel Connors, whose daughter Casey (6) has sever EB, will be walking over hot coals to support those with the condition.

"People with EB live with constant pain, skin blisters and open wounds and currently there is no cure, the only form of treatment is constant painful bandaging of the skin,” said Rachel.

Before undertaking the world's shortest sponsored walk, participants undergo two hours of training to prepare themselves mentally and physically. 

Organisers say the skills learned to get people safely through a firewalk are useful long after the event.

"You learn to break through your own limitations and overcome your fears," said firewalking instructor Brian Moore.

"By conquering the fears that are holding you back you discover power to achieve what you want in any area of your life, be it in your personal relationships, in work, in business or in sport."

Those brave enough to take up Debra's firewalking challenge should emerge from the experience unscathed but invigorated.

"Afterwards people generally feel absolutely fine," said firewalker Brian Moore.

"Their feet are usually tingling afterwards like they have been walking on hot sand or gravel and some say their feet are cold like snow, but that's it."

To register or find out more about Debra's Firewalk challenge call (01) 412 6924.