As Cobh Playground Fundraising slowly nears its fundraising goal, the group will hold a unique sporting fundraiser this August.
The event aims to provide an opportunity for those interested to climb Carrauntoohill of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks in County Kerry, while raising money for Cobh Playground Fundraising, on Saturday, 19 August.
Those interested should have at least an average level of fitness before they apply to climb the highest peak in Ireland, which stands at 1,038 metres, or 3,406 feet and must agree to raise at least €100 through sponsorship cards prior to the event. The proceeds from the Carrauntoohill Climb will go towards Cobh Playground Fundraising.
“We have 52 sponsorship cards out there already,” said Dwayne Breen, Vice Chairman of Cobh Playground Fundraising. “All proceeds will go to Cobh Playground Fundraising. We’re going to raise a minimum of €100 per person, but a lot will raise much more. We could possibly raise €10,000, hopefully, if we are lucky.”
With just about a month to go most places have been fill, though there is still room for around 20 new participants, who, after completing the climb will each be awarded a T-shirt and a medal.
“We are aiming for about 80 participants,” said Mr Breen, “and we are aiming for about 80. We have just over 50 cars out now so there are still places for 20-odd more. It is open to anybody interested; you don’t have to be from Cobh or anything. It is a good opportunity to climb as part of a group while raising money for a good cause. If you are interested, just contact any member of the committee.”
Cobh Playground Fundraising was established in July 2015 to supplant the under-equipped playgrounds at the Five Foot Way and the Promenade with an all-inclusive playground suitable for all children in the town, including those special needs or those who are differently-abled.
“Our current total is €143,000,” said Mr Breen, “and we are aiming for between €170,000-180,000. The tendering process is set to begin in September and that should last for at least six weeks, so we are hoping to be turning ground in January.”