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Parkview pupils fundraising helps Men on a Mission

Men a Mission on top of the world during the Irish Four Peaks Challenge.A VISIT to a fish and chip shop in South Belfast led pupils from Parkview School to collect over £500 to help the Comber based Men on a Mission (MOAN) Campaign.

A cheque for this handsome amount was handed over during the school's Christmas celebration on Wednesday (December 10).

The money was raised during Parkview's harvest events after a member of staff learned of MOAN's work while collecting some fish and chips from the Rosetta eatery which is owned by one of the organisation's members.

The group which is linked to First Comber Presbyterian Church was formed in 2005 to raise money for needy children in Ethiopia.

To date it has raised over £160,000 and hopes to top the £200,000 mark.

As part of another fund-raising effort, over 30 members of the Men on a Mission team completed the Irish Four Peaks Challenge to climb to the highest point in each of the provinces on the island in a 36-hour period. They achieved their goal, scaling over two miles in three days.

Their time started when they arrived at the foot of Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in Munster. It's part of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range at a height of 3,406 feet. Their next stop was Mweelrea, the highest point in Co Mayo and in Connacht, standing at 2,670 feet.

Their last day was the toughest. First-up was Lugnaquillia in Leinster at 3,305 feet and then onto Ulster's highest point, Slieve Donard at 2,786 feet in the Mourne Mountains.

For the Co Down climb, they were joined by other members of the First Comber congregation, including the minister, the Rev Wilson Gordon.

He said he was 'overwhelmed' by the determination of the climbers