The 6th annual charity ‘Climb to Remember’ to the summit of Carrauntoohil takes place in less than two weeks.
It will see people from all over Munster rise to the challenge of climbing Ireland’s highest peak in memory of a loved one - with funds raised going towards The Mercy Hospital Foundation.
Hikers will walk from Cronin’s Yard to the base of Carrauntohill. Travelling up Brother O Shea’s Gully and past the Beenkeeragh Ridge they will reach the top of Brother O Shea’s and will be greeted with a spectacular view down into Coomloughra.
Passing the top of the central and curved gullies, climbers will emerge onto the summit. After a short break, it will then be time to make the descent.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the various appeals being run by the organisation – the Mercy Heart + Stroke Appeal, the Mercy Cancer Appeal, the Mercy ICU Appeal, and the Mercy Kids + Teens Appeal - enhancing services in each of these areas.
‘Climb to Remember’ founder, Betty O’Sullivan Halpin from Listowel, who lost her mother Bernie to cancer in 2010, said the event started as a way to say thanks for the wonderful care provided by the staff at the Mercy.
“The care given to my mother before her passing was tremendous," she said.
"When you lose a loved one, you feel as though life will never again be the same. The Climb to Remember is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and remember someone who’s passed on. I find doing the climbs really therapeutic, and even though they can be tough in parts, I love the fact that I’m doing it in memory of that special person.”
The first Climb to Remember, up Carrauntoohil, will take place on May 14. A second climb takes place on June 11 up the Galtees. Each event costs €25. Anyone interested in doing both will be charged €45.
Registration ahead of each event is essential. Participants, who must be over the age of 16, can sign up at www.mercyfundraising.ie or can call (021) 4274076.