We are delighted to announce that we have finalised the list of charities who will benefit from 10,000m Challenge 2018. This exclusive list comprises the following seven charities, each of which has been allocated 40 challenger places in 2018. To take part in this unique outdoor adventure challenge, you must register through one of the charities no later than 30th April 2018.
The charities are listed below in the order in which they joined the challenge.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland is the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community. They work with people with MS, their families and carers and a range of key stakeholders including health professionals, students and others interested in or concerned about MS. MS Ireland is chiefly a services driven organisation, focused on providing timely, person-centered services that create independence and choice for people with MS and their families.
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is a local cancer charity working since 1969 to reduce the impact of cancer on people’s lives. They provide care and support services for cancer patients and their families; offer a range of cancer prevention programmes to help people lessen their risk of getting cancer; fund scientific research into the causes and treatment of the disease and campaign for better health policy.
The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team was established in 1962. It was the first mountain rescue team in Ireland. The team is made up entirely of local volunteers who are skilled and experienced mountaineers. Turning out in all weathers, day or night, 365 days a year. The team share a common purpose, to help anyone who is in trouble on the hills. Mourne Mountain Rescue Team is a registered charity and totally dependent on donations from the public.
Simon Community NI is Northern Ireland’s leading homeless charity. They work without judgement to support people who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, homelessness. Their vision is a world without homelessness. They exist to help those in need, and can only continue their work thanks to the generosity of people who support their belief that homelessness should not exist in Northern Ireland.
Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care. All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost to the family. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups. Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Children are referred to Barretstown based on their medical needs.
Barnardos work with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland and campaign for the rights of all children. They provide services and support in 40 centres around the country and provide training and knowledge resources to childcare professionals. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and rely on the generosity of donors to keep changing children’s lives for the better.
Based on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, the volunteers of Galway Mountain Rescue Team spent 3,500 hours in 2017 providing a 24/7 rescue service in remote and mountainous areas. With a primary response area spanning more than 700 sq miles, including some of Ireland’s most remote and rugged terrain, the team must maintain competence in a wide range of disciplines including field search skills, remote emergency care and technical rope rescue. The team is part funded through local and central government grants, however each years shortfall must be made up through fundraising activities to ensure that this vital service is maintained.