MORE than 30 firefighters from Cork City Fire Brigade are climbing the highest mountain in Ireland for charity next week.
Organised by Duty Officer Denis O’Connell, the climb is organised to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
Carrauntoohil is 1,038 metres high and the climb will take six hours to complete.
Three certified mountain leaders will be escorting the firefighters up and down the mountain and two staff members from the Cork Irish Cancer Society office will also be helping out in the carpark of Carrauntoohil, ensuring everything goes to plan. The endeavour, which originally stemmed from a desire to do something a little different for Movember, has been postponed twice already due to weather conditions and has now been scheduled to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society’s flagship fundraiser, Daffodil Day on Friday, March 23.
“I was given the challenge of coming up with something new to do to raise funds for the charity. We were rattling our brains and we saw in the paper that Dublin Firefighters were climbing the equivalent of Everest on their Turntable Ladder and I said why would we use a ladder when we could do it for real.”
Mr O’Connell said the whole cause for the climb is to build up the funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
“In the last number of years we have been associated with them through Daffodil Day, I think this is about our eighth or ninth year helping out in Cork with fire brigade personnel giving up their personal time to achieve this for the ICS.”
Denis said since he started helping out with the society the level of support for the organisation has gone from strength to strength.
“I started out the first year with no one and the second year we had about six or seven and in the years that followed, we got about 23 people on the streets collecting. People nearly expect to see us there and the helpers like seeing us there and it is all for a good cause.”
The Cork City Fire Brigade Duty Officer said cancer is something that affects so many people.
“It is something that is becoming very prevalent in society even though they are making breakthroughs with cancer, it is still a big killer out there in society.”
You can donate to the Irish Cancer Society by calling 1950 606060 or on their website http://www.cancer.ie