Diarmuid Cleary, better known as ‘the Microwave Express’, has just returned from a trek around Scotland to raise money for cancer-stricken Dublin teen, Robyn Smyth.
Cleary took to the Scottish Highlands to raise money for 14-year-old Robyn, who is battling neuroblastoma.
The trek lasted 10 days, and saw him and the microwave travel with no money from Cairnryan to John O’Groats, Great Britain’s northeasternmost tip, before returning back to Ireland through Belfast.
Robyn was first diagnosed with the disease when she was three years old, and initially went into remission.
Unfortunately, the cancer returned, and her family exhausted all options in Ireland before travelling to Michigan for trial treatments to try and rid Robyn of the disease.
Cleary carried his trusty microwave across the country, relying only on the kindness of strangers for transport and accommodation – all to raise money to get Robyn to New York for further trial treatment to tackle the cancer.
He even spent his 27th birthday cycling to the top of Scotland on a tandem bike, all in the name of raising funds for Robyn’s treatment.
The Microwave Express has previously travelled across Ireland in an effort to raise funds for the mental health charity Jigsaw, which saw Cleary raise thousands as he moved miles across the emerald isle, as previously covered in Dublin Gazette.
This time round, his trek across Scotland saw him raise more than €1,875 for the Robyn’s Life trust during his time there, as well as travelling the length and breadth of the country.
Cleary said: “We made it across from Stranraer to John O’Groats then back down again on the generosity of strangers. It was a terrifying experience but [we give] huge thanks to all the amazing people we met on the way who made this possible.
“It was definitely the most intense and terrifying experience I’ve ever had.”
More than 100 people donated to the GoFundMe set up by Cleary for the trip, subsequently raising a grand total of €2,165, with donations still open.
To donate to Robyn’s Life and support the Microwave Express, visit the GoFundMe here.