Cork senior hurler Séamus Harnedy is taking on a new challenge to help the Cope Foundation, the charity which supports 2,800 people with disabilities in Cork, lining out to help their 5 Peaks 1 Weak fundraising drive.
Séamus will take on the challenge with his sister Cáit, who is supported by Cope Foundation, his fellow Imokilly GAA team-mate, Brian Mulcahy and Brian's brother, Colm, who is also supported by Cope.
"I'm delighted to be able to support the challenge for Cope Foundation," he says. "My sister, Cáit, is supported by the organisation, so I have a genuine understanding of the work they do, and it's great to be able to help out in any way. I am really looking forward to getting started with Cáit, Colm and Brian.
"Being a member of the senior Cork team means that I'm proud to wear the jersey on and off the pitch. When it comes to county finals, these are the days you play hurling for, but it's also important to give back to your local community and help others out as much as you can."
The 5 Peaks 1 Week challenge has been a resounding success with teams of people scaling some of the country's tallest mountains by simply walking close to their home, and making good use of their stairs.
The five mountains being targeted are the highest in Munster. They include Carrauntoohil in Kerry, Galtymore in Limerick and Tipperary, Knockmealdown in Waterford, Moylussa in Clare, and Knockboy in Cork.
For example, to "climb" 1040 metre high Carrauntoohil, participants will have to walk twelve kilometres and climb the 300 flights of stairs.
Cope Foundation has worked with Cork-based Mountaineering and Climbing Guide, John Healy to develop the fundraising challenge, www.simplymountains.com.
Sean Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation, says "Unfortunately, we are experiencing a significant loss of fundraising income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Our calendar of fundraising events and campaigns has been curtailed, and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to think on our feet and try new ways of fundraising. This 'virtual challenge' is fun for people, and it's a novel way to stay active and healthy with friends, family or colleagues while apart and staying close to home. 5 Peaks 1 Week is a great way to keep fit while ensuring that you have ready access to a comfortable chair and the comforts of home after you climb a virtual mountain for Cope!"
The 5 Peaks 1 Week challenge has to be completed by a team and within one week. The initiative is running all Summer. For more information on how to take part, please visit www.cope-foundation.ie.