Completing the Oxfam TrailTrekker challenge is hard enough, but couple that with trying to raise €2,000 for the charity before the event itself and you’d begin to question if it’s all even possible. Well thanks to the generosity of the Tipp people, one team has taken care of the financial aspect of this endurance event. Local residents John, Stuart, and Eamonn Fitzgerald are due to take part in the Oxfam challenge this week, hiking 100km in 24 hours between Northern Ireland and the Republic to raise money for communities in Africa. Having just completed their final fundraiser, a table quiz in The Ship Pub, Thurles, the group are now all set for the hike itself.
Speaking after their latest event, John Fitzgerald commented, “I’ve been amazed at the generosity people have shown us over the last couple of weeks. Our last table quiz alone raised €840, which is no mean feat given the financial constraints many people are under these days. I just hope we don’t let them down!”
“I think a special thanks has to go out to all of those who contributed to Oxfam on our behalf. In particular I’d like to thank all the locals in Cormackstown, as well as the Ship Pub for supporting our cause. I’d also like to thank my own boss Deputy Tom Hayes for his generous contribution, as well as Noel Coonan T.D. Thanks to my work with Fine Gael we’ve received several donations from numerous Oireachtas members from all political parties. Just goes to show that an event like this really can bring just about anybody together!” remarked Eamonn Fitzgerald, a Fine Gael Parliamentary Assistant.
“The next time you’ll be hearing from us we’ll have completed our challenge, hopefully! We’re starting to get a bit nervous about the hike at this point but I’m hoping the excitement will carry us through. Knowing just how many people in Tipperary have gotten behind us has been a great motivator in training. I have no doubt that it’ll spur us on come the weekend” added Stuart.
The ‘Barely Grylls’ team begin their hike this weekend and we’ll be following their progress throughout. Eamonn and the team have assured us they’ll be in touch after the event to describe their experience. For more information on the Oxfam TrailTrekker challenge. Visit www.oxfamireland.org/trailtrekker