Dubliners embark on fundraising quest to the Gates of Hell…and back

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Two friends will be travelling from Dublin to the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as The Gates of Hell, and back in a bid to raise vital funds for mental health and special needs organisations.

Isaac Kiely and Conor Barry have come together to form the Dark Days Charity Drive with the hope of making a positive impact in their community by raising awareness and funds for Pieta and St. Michaels House.

Putting the phrase “going to hell and back” into literal effect, this ambitious journey to Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan will span thousands of miles of diverse landscapes, cultural experiences and formidable challenges.

The symbolic destination of the Gates of Hell refers to the awe-inspiring Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan, which, the friends explain, serves as a metaphor for the challenges faced by those the charities support.

The tall and small duo will embark on their 16,000km journey through 18 countries on July 10, anticipating daily dirt road drives of over eight hours in 40 degrees of heat, all while in a classic Mini Cooper car.

The pair encourage anyone who can donate to help them in their effort to raise €10k for their selected charities.

All donations can be made online, via: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/DarkDays.

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