A Cork woman has decided to scrap the idea of a traditional 30th birthday celebration in favour of something a bit different for charity.
Muriel Foley, from Killeagh came up with a novel idea to challenge herself in the lead up to her birthday in March to raise money for Cork Penny Dinners.
Speaking to The Echo Muriel said that she had been to so many 30ths, but wanted to do something different herself: “Having a party is expecting people to bring gifts and spend money. I didn’t want the hassle or to put pressure on people,” she said.
So, she decided to scrap tradition and channel her efforts into something different - 30 dares in 30 days before her 30th birthday.
Cork Penny Dinners is her chosen charity, and she’s aiming to raise €1,000 for them. She is already almost halfway to her target - without even starting the dares yet. However, she said “there’s no amount too big or small. It would all really make a difference to Penny Dinners.”
“I’m astounded by the work that they do for the homeless. I knew I wanted to support them and make sure all the money is going to them.”
To that end she has set up an iDonate page - similar to a Go Fund Me - but Penny Dinners are a registered charity on the platform, and all the money she raises will go directly to them. Donations are being accepted until April 21.
But what dares will Muriel do and how will she prove she has done them?
The Instagram page @dare2donate will document her progress daily, as she does her first dare on Friday. One dare a day will be done until her 30th birthday on March 21st.
The dares range from charitable to funny to facing her fears.
Muriel has been dared to donate blood, pay for the shopping of the person in front of her at the shop counter, complete a park run, while also getting dares such as having her boyfriend do her make up, and to wear a tutu and fairy wings while walking down Patrick’s Street and Grand Parade sprinkling glitter.
She’ll also have to face her self described “massive” fear of birds, as she’s been dared to feed the birds in Fota Island.
“Even if it inspired people to do something similar for their 30th it’ll be worth it,” Muriel said.
To follow her progress the Instagram page is @dare2donate
To make a donation log on to www.idonate.ie/dare2donate