Sarah Kenny (left) and Sarah Canavan.

A Lucan Guide Leader is set to take part in Irish Girl Guides’ toughest challenge by hiking 180 kilometres over 10 days while carrying camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water and surviving on just €3.25 a day.

Sarah Kenny, who works as a dietitian in St James’s Hospital, will also have to complete a number of projects during the survival adventure.

These will involve completing a service for the local community and finding out about local history and culture (without using a smartphone)!

Participants take part in teams of two and Sarah’s team-mate is Sarah Canavan.

Both women are from Killarney and have been firm friends for the past 10 years, thanks to their shared interest in Guiding.

Sarah Canavan is currently a Commerce student in NUI Galway.

While the duo have trained over the past few months by hiking and regular gym workouts, it has been impossible for them to prepare for the projects as they will not know where in Europe they are going until they arrive with their rucksacks at Dublin Airport this Sunday, 28th July.

Not knowing where the challenge is to take place adds greatly to the excitement and anticipation!

Both Sarahs are looking forward to the challenge, although some nerves are beginning to set in.

The fact that they will be taking it on together gives them some encouragement.

“We are well used to working together as we have been in Guides together since we were 13 and we have completed most of our Guiding challenges together,” says Sarah Kenny.

Both girls successfully completed the Irish Girl Guides’ Chief Commissioner’s Award last year when, as a team, they hiked 60 kilometres over five days in Co Waterford and survived on €3.50 a day.

Sarah Kenny reckons the biggest challenge of Explorer Belt may be the weather but the skills both women have gained through their involvement in Guiding over the years will no doubt help them complete the challenge.

She said she had gained a lot of experience from her involvement in Guiding, including teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

“I have gained so many memories and life-long friends from Guides,” she added.