Richie urges Offaly folk to climb the ‘Reek’ for GOAL

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Irish world-record setting ultra-runner, Richie Donovan is challenging walkers and climbers from all around Offaly to lace up their walking boots, cut a stout blackthorn from a nearby tree and join him on Sunday, July 27 to scale Croagh Patrick as part of GOAL’s ‘Reek Challenge’ fundraiser.

Irish world-record setting ultra-runner, Richie Donovan is challenging walkers and climbers from all around Offaly to lace up their walking boots, cut a stout blackthorn from a nearby tree and join him on Sunday, July 27 to scale Croagh Patrick as part of GOAL’s ‘Reek Challenge’ fundraiser.

Due to the great success of the inaugural challenge in 2013, this year’s sponsored ascent of the famous Reek hopes to encourage even more participants and raise even more funds for GOAL’s work.

“As long as you have a moderate level of fitness, walking boots and a good stick, you will be well able for the climb,” says Richie. “Apart from the health aspect, it’s also a great family and community day out – and all for a great cause.”

GOAL’s West of Ireland representative, Maura Lennon says that many people have already signed up to take on the challenge, but she is hoping for an even bigger ‘TeamGOAL’ group than last year.

“All funds raised from this year’s climb will go towards GOAL’s work with street children across the developing world,” says Maura. “The more participants we have, the more money we can raise for these children, who live in some of the worst conditions imaginable.”

Participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can in sponsorship and each entrant will receive a Reek Challenge Pack, which includes a sponsorship card, a GOAL Reek Challenge tee-shirt, and more information about the 764-metre climb.

For more information on The Reek Challenge, please contact Maura Lennon on 091 596 849 / 087 914 6837 or by email at mlennon@goal.ie.

GOAL is currently working in 14 countries, delivering emergency relief and vital services such as education, healthcare and water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes. To read more about GOAL’s work, please visit www.goal.ie.