Kildare Four Peaks challengers to present a total of €30,000 to charities this Friday night

Admission and raffle in aid of Princess Sophia fund

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Kildare Four Peaks challengers to present a total of €30,000 to charities this Friday night

The Four Peak challengers on Craogh Patrick

The epic 23 Four Peak challengers from Kildare town have completed their mission and this Friday the adventurers will present a total of €30,000 to five local voluntary groups. 

The groups will receive their presentation at a special dinner dance at the Kildare House Hotel, Kildare town where representatives from St Conleth’s Day Care Centre, The Hive, Monasterevin Day Care Centre, St Anne’s School and Suncroft Young at Heart will be present. Proceeds from the ticket sales for the night and a raffle will go to the Princess Sophia fund. 

Nurney girl, Sophia Conway (3) was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2017, and while an operation to remove it was successful, further proton treatment was needed, the kind only available in Germany. Former Kildare player Mikey Conway, uncle of Sophia, spearheaded the recent fundraising drive, along with the local community.

The Four Peak challengers have decided to support this worthy cause as part of their campaign.

The climbers climbed one mountain in each province over four days starting with Carrauntoohil on Wednesday, March 28; Croagh Patrick on March 29, Slieve Donard on March 30, finishing with Lugnaquilla on Saturday, March 31.

Group spokesperson, Clodagh O’Toole said; “On some of the peaks we had blizzards and snow. It was tough at times, but everyone really enjoyed it. It was a great experience.” 

The idea came from Christopher Brennan and participants hailed from Kildare town and surrounding areas. Bobby Harrison and Ger Havens from Monasterevin came on board as guides, while John and Gillian from Spar in Nurney and Tony McGlynn from Suncroft sponsored the diesel for the bus. Martin Page of Page's Buses provided the transport. 

Anyone who would like to go to the dinner dance can contact Clodagh on 085-8673099. Tickets cost €25. Doors open at 7pm.

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