Three Organisations To Benefit From 54321 Challenge This August

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Participants and representatives of beneficiaries from the 54321 Challenge gather to promote the event earlier this week.

THE 54321 Challenge is back for its eighth year this August, but obviously this time it will be a bit different.

The Challenge was originally started eight years ago with teams of five people over four days, completing three cycles and climbing two mountains in Kerry for local charities.

The Challenge has grown in numbers over the years, and this year was to be no different with a large number of participants ready to undertake the challenge for Enable Ireland Kerry, Skellig Stars and the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

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However due to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and the corresponding lockdown, and health and safety recommendations from the HSA around large groups of people, the 54321 Challenge committee made the tough decision that all 50 participants could not complete this years Challenge.

The 54321 Challenges top priority is to ensure the safety of its participants and in the current climate, this extends to their families, neighbours, friends etc.

Instead the decision has been made that the Challenge will revert to the original 5 participants undertaking the 4 day challenge, and this will take place from Thursday, August 20th to Sunday August 23. This will include the following.

• Day 1 (Thursday 20th)  – Cycle the Ring of Kerry.

• Day 2 (Friday 21st) – Climb Carrantuohill.

• Day 3 (Saturday 22nd) – Cycle from Killarney to the foot of Mount Brandon and then climb Mt Brandon

• Day 4 (Sunday 23rd) – Cycle from Dingle to Killarney.

The committee are currently looking at ways other people can participate in an online version of the Challenge while representing and raising funds for their chosen charity, and they will be announcing details in the coming weeks via their website and social media.

The Challenge has raised almost €207,000 to date supporting a number of very deserving Kerry Charities. This year’s selected charities are Skellig Stars (group of children and adult athletes with special needs); Kerry Hospice Foundation and Enable Ireland Kerry and each charity will have a champion undertaking the challenge on their behalf.

The organisers would be very grateful for any contribution to these worthwhile causes and supporting the participants of this year’s Challenge.

You can donate via our website www.54321challenge.org or see the individual Charities Facebook pages for online donation information. Or you can donate by Direct Debit to Bank of Ireland, Killarney. Sort code 90-57-58 Account No. 74356384 (BIC BOFIIE2D and IBAN IE88BOFI90575874356384), or if you know any of the participants you can contact them directly with a donation.

Please see more about the challenge and the people taking part and to donate on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/54321challenge2019/ WEBSITE: http://54321challenge.org

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