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Harnedy peaking with charity challenge

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 3:22pm

Cork hurler Séamus Harnedy is taking on a different challenge to those he usually faces on the pitch. Séamus is set to line out for the Cope Foundation by partaking in the 5 Peaks 1 Week fundraising drive.

The St Ita’s clubman will attempt to scale the five highest mountains in Munster; Cork’s Knockboy, Carrauntoohil in Co. Kerry, Galtymore in Co. Limerick and Co. Tipperary, Knockmealdown in Co. Waterford and Moylussa in Co. Clare, and all by walking close to his home and by making good use of his stairs. To ‘climb’ 1,040 metre high Carrauntoohil, participants will have to walk 12km and climb 300 flights of stairs. Cope Foundation has worked with Cork-based mountaineering and climbing guide, John Healy, to develop the fundraising challenge.

The 5 Peaks 1 Week challenge has to be completed by a team and within one week. Séamus will take on the challenge with his sister Cáit, who is supported by Cope Foundation, and Imokilly teammate, Brian Mulcahy and Brian's brother, Colm, who is also supported by Cope Foundation.

Séamus said: “I'm delighted to be able to support the 5 Peaks 1 Week challenge for Cope Foundation. My sister, Cáit, is supported by the organisation, so I have a genuine understanding of the work they do, and it's great to be able to help out in any way. I am really looking forward to getting started with Cáit, Colm and Brian.

“Being a member of the Cork team means that I'm proud to wear the jersey on and off the pitch. When it comes to county finals, these are the days you play hurling for, but it's also important to give back to your local community and help others out as much as you can.”

Sean Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation, said: “Unfortunately, we are experiencing a significant loss of fundraising income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Our calendar of fundraising events and campaigns has been curtailed, and we find ourselves in a situation where we have to think on our feet and try new ways of fundraising.

“This 'virtual challenge' is fun for people, and it's a novel way to stay active and healthy with friends, family or colleagues while apart and staying close to home. 5 Peaks 1 Week is a great way to keep fit while ensuring that you have ready access to a comfortable chair and the comforts of home after you climb a virtual mountain for Cope!”

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