Helping hands needed for ‘Hands up Slieve Gullion’

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Community, What's On
Raising funds for good causes can sometimes seem like an uphill task but two well known South Armagh men are appealing for helping hands as they attempt to literally scale the heights this May. With support from family, friends and the general public, local men Owen Reel and Mickey Treanor are hoping to create a chain of hands up the summit of Slieve Gullion mountain. That will be a major logistical challenge and needs plenty of volunteers but the imaginative idea is intended to raise money for four particularly worthy charitable causes close to home. Newry and Mourne Diabetic Group, Southern Area Hospice, Musgrave Orthopaedic Unit and the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit will all benefit from people’s participation in what promises to be a fun event. “It should definitely be a memorable day which can not only raise funds for the four charities but generates a bit of community spirit and creates a spectacular sight,” enthuses former Meigh man Owen. “Our plan is that the event will be held on the morning of the first Sunday in May and we want to create a chain of hands through the summit of the mountain” explained Armagh Mens kit Man, Mickey Treanor. Mickey added, “We’re appealing for all local people to come along and support this worthwhile event. It’s open to all regardless of physical fitness level or mobility as we can slot everyone in where it suits them. “From initial informal contacts we’ve already got some well known sports people expressing an interest in getting involved and I’ve no doubt some of those will be volunteering to go further up.” the HUSG committee told Newry Times. “We’d like to thank those who have pledged support so far in publicising this major undertaking – keep an eye out for other local celebrities holding hands over the coming months promoting the event,” the committee added. The fee for participating in this fun fundraiser is £10 per adult, £5 per child or £30 per family. Registration days Sunday 20th April at Slieve Gullion Courtyard from 9am to 5pm Saturday 26th April in Newry Buttercrane Shopping Centre from 9am to 6pm Tuesday 29th April in Daisy Hill Hospital Reception 2pm – 5pm Friday 2nd May in Daisy Hill Hospital Reception 9.30am – 12pm
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