54321 Challenge Number 9, again with a difference!
“Sisters are doing it for themselves”
5 People over 4 Days doing 3 Cycles and 2 Mountains for 1 Cause
The 54321 Challenge was originally started 9 years ago with a team of 5 People over 4 DAYS, completing 3 CYCLES, and climbing 2 MOUNTAINS for 1 Cause – a local charity.
This year, 10 ladies took to the roads and mountains over the 4 days of the event and took place from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd of August 2021 inclusive. This included the following:
- Day 1 (Thursday 19th) – Cycle the Ring of Kerry.
- Day 2 (Friday 20th) – Climb Carrantuohill.
- Day 3 (Saturday 21st) – Cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair
- Day 4 (Sunday 22nd) – Cycle the Skellig Ring.
The Challenge has raised almost €242,000 to date supporting a number of very deserving Kerry Charitie and this year’s selected charity is Comfort for Chemo Kerry.
When choosing this year’s charity the organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend to us all Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own Journey with Cancer. We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry. Little did we think that Mairead would be actually contemplating taken part in the event but in true style and testament to the person that she is, she will be one of the 10 participants.
This year’s chosen charity – Comfort for Chemo
To fundraise €5 million to build and equip a start of the art, purpose built chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.
To build a centre of excellence for the patients of Kerry, who need Chemotherapy and Oncological treatments. Ensuring the best care available is delivered in an environment that is welcoming, reassuring, comfortable and dignified.
What will be in the new state of the art purpose built Chemotherapy Unit?
- Stand Alone State of the Art Building Privacy and Dignity for Patients
- New Outpatient Unit
- Dedicated Chemotherapy Suites
- Isolation Facilities
- Compounding Unit ( Drug Preparation)
- Spacious Clinical Areas
- Dedicated Car parking
- Teaching and Research facilities
- Counselling and Support Rooms
- Treatment Rooms for Allied Health Professional to support Patients and deliver treatments
Last year the Challenge raised a massive €34,768.97 for the Kerry Hospice Foundation, The Skellig Stars (children and adult athletes with special needs) and Enable Ireland and in the 8 years of running we have raised €241,352 to date for various Kerry charities.
Teams of 5 PEOPLE over 4 DAYS doing 3 CYCLES and 2 MOUNTAINS for 1 CAUSE - raising money for 3 local charities in Kerry.