Nathan says firewalk with me to raise awareness and cash for Debra Ireland
BRAVE souls from Fingal who want to fire up their lives are being asked to walk over hot coals for children living in chronic pain and a young man from Ballyboughal is leading the way.
Irish skin charity Debra Ireland is seeking volunteers to take on their empowering Firewalk challenge, which takes place Dublin’s Old Wesley rugby club, Donnybrook on Monday October 15.
Billed as the hottest event in town, firewalkers take part in two hours of motivational training before setting off on their short walk over three metres of burning wood embers.
Nathan Fynes (17) from Ballyboughal is doing the Debra’s Ireland Firewalk on October 15 in memory of his brother Aaron (16) who had severe EB.
Aaron sadly died 10 years ago.
‘Firewalking is truly awesome and after doing it you feel you can achieve whatever you are aiming for in life,’ said Judith Gilsenan, Head of Fundraising for Debra Ireland.
‘It’s an amazing experience, a chance to ignite your passion and discover what you can really do.’
Debra Ireland supports people in Ireland living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.
‘A firewalk might sound a bit scary but it is people with EB who are the real superheroes and they need our support,’ said Judith.
Those taking part in the firewalk are asked to pay a €50 registration fee and raise €200 for Debra Ireland.
Organisers say the skills learned to get people safely through a firewalk are useful long after the event.
‘You learn to break through your own limitations and overcome your fears,’ said firewalking instructor Brian Moore.
‘By conquering the fears that are holding you back you discover power to achieve what you want in any area of your life, be it in your personal relationships, in work, in business or in sport.’
Those brave enough to take up Debra’s firewalking challenge should emerge from the experience unscathed but invigorated.
To register or find out more about Debra’s Firewalk challenge see www.debraireland.org
Meanwhile, October 22 to 28 marks EB Awareness Week and the Ballyboughal family that Nathan, the heroic fire-walker comes from, is appealing to you to get involved.
The Ballyboughal family who lost their teenage son to a rare and painful skin condition are asking local people to help support others with the disease by wearing a special butterfly tattoo in this special week.
Val and Maria Fynes’s16year-old son Aaron had a severe form of the genetic ‘butterfly skin’ disease EB (epidermolysis bullosa).
This incredibly painful genetic condition causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.
One of only 300 people in Ireland with EB Aaron had to be bandaged almost from head to toe to protect him from everyday life.
‘When Aaron was alive, every day was an uphill battle – he was in great pain before he died and 75% of his skin was missing,’ said his dad Val.
‘With severe EB you are fighting something you can never get ahead of.’
October 22-28 is National EB Awareness Week and Debra Ireland is trying to fight this devastating disease by creating a ‘butterfly effect’ during the week to raise both funds and awareness.
Firewalk volunteers for Debra ireland