Seventy six per cent of Mayo people have taken part in a charity event

A new MRBI survey for Focus Ireland has shown that a massive 76 per cent of big-hearted Mayo people have taken part in an event to raise vital funds for charity at some point in their lives.

Focus Ireland issued the results of the survey as it called for people to sign up for the Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge which sees teams climb the highest peak in each of the four provinces over one weekend. Participants have an opportunity to take part in either June or September in 2012, with both events aiming to raise a combined total of more than €500,000 in vital funds for Focus Ireland.

The survey also found that a total of 55 per cent of Mayo people have made the effort in the last year to help raise money for hard-pressed charities as the impact of the recession on families and single people deepens in local communities nationwide.

The Four Peaks Challenge, supported by 100-102 Today FM, takes place on two weekends in 2012: June 8 to 10 and September 14 to 16. During the Four Peaks Challenge participants strive to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces - Carrauntoohil in Kerry, followed by Mweelrea in Mayo, Slieve Donard in Down, and finally Lugnaquilla in Wicklow.

Each team taking part in the Four Peaks has to raise €3,800 in sponsorship which works out at €633 per person in a team of six.

To sign up for the Four Peaks Challenge people can email [email protected] or phone 01 881 5900. Alternatively they can log on to www.focusireland.ie and click on the fundraising events section.

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