LISBURN rugby ace Chris Henry is urging people to lace up their boots and climb Slieve Donard for NI Cancer Fund for Children.
Hikers will take their fitness and fundraising to dizzying new heights as they take on the province's highest mountain on August 26.
The five and half mile ascent will see hikers climb a height of 2,550 feet — a challenge which will take between three and five hours to complete. Participants will help raise funds for NICFC which offers vital practical and emotional support to children with cancer and their families. The walk will start at 9.00am from the Donard Car Park and will take hikers towards Commedagh Mountain, then along the Mourne Wall to achieve the ultimate goal of reaching the summit of Slieve Donard. Afterwards participants can celebrate their achievement with a barbeque and everyone will receive a personalised Certificate of Appreciation.
Ulster Rugby star, Chris Henry, urged people to sign up to the climb regardless of age or fitness level."This climb is a fantastic way to raise funds for a great cause. People don't fully realize the amazing work carried out by NI Cancer Fund for Children until cancer affects them and they are in the position where they need these services, Chris said.
The sportsman said everyone doesn't have to be a super-fit rugby player to take part in the climb and people should take it at their own pace."If people want to get in some sort of shape before this challenge they could always build up their fitness slowly, try going for a few warm up walks.
As a team player himself, Chris said the fact the Slieve Donard climb is a group event is fantastic as people can spur each other on.
"It's always good to work with other people, it keeps you motivated. Challenges like this are just as much about mental strength as they are about working the body," he said.
NICFC fundraiser, Amanda Steele said: "As a local charity we really value the support of the local community. The Slieve Donard Climb is a great challenge for any keen walkers, as well as people wanting to explore the beauty of the Mourne Mountains further. Participants will also take in breath-taking views of the Wicklow Hills, Isle of Man and Scotland.
It is also a great team building day and a chance to have a bit of banter. I would urge people to apply as soon as possible as places are limited."
Registration for this event is £20 per person, and participants are required to raise a minimum sponsorship of £80. For more information or to register, contact Amanda on 9080 5599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.