Fun challenge to raise cash for children with arthritis

A charity which supports children and young people with arthritis is urging people to dust down their boots and register for a fun fundraiser which takes place on Saturday.

More than 50 teams throughout the country are taking part in Arthritis Ireland’s Pick a Peak Challenge. Local peaks include The Twelve Pins, Joyce’s Country and Maumturks.

Pick A Peak is open to people of all fitness levels and ages, enthusiastic families, experienced hillwalkers and intrepid explorers who want to participate in this unique challenge while raising funds for children with juvenile arthritis.

Irish rugby player Girvan Dempsey, comedian Karl Spain and Newstalk presenter Claire Byrne are some of the many people participating in Pick A Peak this year.

Arthritis affects as many as 1,000 children in Ireland and is one of the most common causes of acquired disability in children. Children with arthritis face a range of challenges, physical, social and emotional. However, with early intervention and appropriate supports they can lead independent and fulfilling childhoods.

Arthritis Ireland is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and young people affected by arthritis by providing a range of innovative educational and support services.

Pick-a-Peak is the only hill challenge that has been designed to adhere to the Mountaineering Council of Ireland’s good practice guide and environmental policy.

Participants can pick-a-peak to suit their fitness levels by contacting Arthritis Ireland at (01 ) 6618188 or by logging onto www.arthritisireland.ie for a list of suggested peaks.

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