Local man completes gruelling ten peaks challenge

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
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Warrenpoint man John Corrigan is celebrating after completing the ‘10 County Peaks Challenge’ in under 100 hours in aid of Concern Worldwide (Concern).

John Corrigan on top of Slieve Gullion during his challenge

John had set himself the personal challenge of climbing to the top of the 9 counties of Ulster plus Co. Louth in only 100 hours to mark the 10th anniversary of his granddaughter’s tragic death and to raise £10,000 for the charity memorial fund set up in her memory.

Since 2002, the Corrigan family have raised £20,000 for Concern, which has helped build a new school in Kenya and has supported education projects in Haiti. Through this donation, the international humanitarian aid charity has enabled thousands of children, particularly girls and those from marginalised groups to gain access to education.

Speaking to Newry Times, John Corrigan said it was one of the hardest physical challenges he had ever done, but was extremely proud to have completed it nearly 20 hours under his initial target.

“My family and I hope to raise £10,000 for education projects in Haiti, which is £1,000 for every year without our beloved Chloe. However, we are still a long way off our target and I would be extremely grateful for any donations, big or small, from anyone who would like to support our goal.”

Nadine Campbell, Community Fundraiser from Concern Worldwide said: “Huge congratulations to John in completing this massive personal challenge. I’m urging the whole community to get behind him and help the Corrigan family reach their target.

“A small donation of even £3 will allow Concern to buy a month’s supply of materials for an entire class to create and develop their creative skills or just £9.50 will help provide teacher training for one member of the local community.”

Donations can be made through the family’s Justgiving page www.justgiving.com/chloecorrigan or text donate by texting the word TOPS99 then £2, £3 or £5 and send to 70070.


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