Brosna man, John Paul Curtin was part of the Great Island Four Peaks Challenge Team which recently raised a phenomenal €7,201.20 to help improve cancer services in the Mercy Hospital in Cork.
John Paul, a former assistant manager at Garvey’s SuperValu here in Castleisland, and the team climbed Ireland’s four highest peaks over three days last summer and have now raised over €17,000 for the Mercy Cancer Appeal over the last three years.
The team members wish to sincerely thank everyone for all the generous donations.
Carrauntoohil First on List
They scaled the first peak, Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil at 1,038 metres on June 15th. This was followed by Mweelrea in Co. Mayo at 814 metres, Connaught’s highest mountain on the 16th.
Next on their list was Slieve Donard in Co. Down at 850 metres, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain. Finally they tackled Lugnaquilla at 925 metres in the Wicklow Mountains on the 17th.
A Cancer Journey
The brainchild of John Paul’s team leader, Ger Burns, they decided to undertake the challenge following Ger’s cancer journey.
In 2011, Ger’s father Tim was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Following this Ger decided to get checked and was himself also diagnosed with it. His brother Kieran was then checked, and received the same diagnosis.
All three were successfully treated under Mr. Paul Sweeney and his team at the Mercy University Hospital, and Ger wanted to show his gratitude for the care and support they received.
The team members were awarded Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year at the recent Mercy Star Awards in association with The Mercy Hospital at the Clayton Hotel Cork.
Plans for 2019
The Mercy Stars is an event to recognise individuals, teams and fundraising volunteers who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at The Mercy University Hospital.
Plans are all ready in place for a three-peak Challenge later In 2019 of the highest peaks in England / Scotland / Wales.
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