Barretstown, the children’s charity that offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness is calling on Dublin walkers to participate in this year’s Dublin Mountains Challenge.
To be hosted on Sunday, September 26, this will be charity’s seventh annual mountain challenge in aid of Barretstown. But note, only 200 entrants will be accepted – is this up your street, or mountain actually!
The 30-kilometre hike will commence from Sean Walshe Park in Tallaght to the GAP Centre in Glencullen, and monies raised will go to the wonderful parkland and activity centre built around Barretstown Castle.
The hike, which will be the first in-person event since the Covid pandemic struck, has been re-designed to make it as safe and fun as possible, with all elements of the event outdoors, including the morning sign-in process.
The 2021 Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge needs to make up vital funds for the charity to help more children living with serious illnesses to experience the life-changing programmes at Barretstown.
The purpose-built centre at Barretstown boasts a theatre and activity rooms. a lake with boating facility, climbing fun, horse-riding and much more, all for children with serious illness, all run with the full support of medical professional and camp volunteers, or ‘Caras’.
Dee Ahearn, Chief Executive at Barretstown, said: “The COVID-19 crisis has meant children living with a serious illness like those who come to Barretstown, who are immune-compromised, have been more isolated than ever.
“They need Barretstown’s therapeutic programmes to help them rebuild their childhood which has been taken away as a result of illness. On June 4 this year, we re-opened our gates; families have been joining us each and every weekend to enjoy some fun activities, games and most importantly, to have some serious fun!”
Lucy, whose daughter Kitty was diagnosed at 10 years old with serious illness, had an absolute ball at the camp in Barretstown.
“Kitty was not lucky to be diagnosed with cancer,” said Lucy. “But we were lucky to have found Barretstown and all the wonderful people who carried us, built us up and continue to help us heal.”
By taking on the Dublin Mountains Challenge this year, you’ll be helping raise vital funds to allow Barretstown continue its important work, welcoming more and more families who need to get back to camp.
As well as the one-day event on September 26, throughout the month of September, hikers can also opt to take on the Self-Guided Dublin Mountains Challenge, using the Barretstown phone app game to guide them.
To participate in the self-guided challenge, hikers register online, start your fundraising and your training, and set a date that suits you to take on the challenge, open the app at the starting line and start hiking from Sean Walsh Park, covering the 30km hike to Glencullen.
For more information or to register for the event, visit https://www.barretstown.org/events/dublin-mountains-challenge-2021/ or contact [email protected].