Hik­ing into the heart of Din­gle Penin­sula for De­bra Ire­land

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By EVE DOWL­ING

DE­BRA IRE­LAND is seek­ing out the peo­ple of Kerry to help those that suf­fer from EB (Epi­der­mol­y­sis Bul­losa), which is also known as but­ter­fly skin, in a fan­tas­tic three-day event that will let peo­ple em­bark on the won­ders of the Din­gle Penin­sula in a way that they never have be­fore.

The event will not only give peo­ple the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the coast in a way that is dif­fer­ent from any other, but it will also help to raise money and aware­ness for peo­ple suf­fer­ing with EB.

The three-day event is set to take place from May 18 to 20. The hike will be used as a fundraiser for but­ter­fly skin char­ity De­bra Ire­land. The event will con­sist of beau­ti­ful hikes and treks around the Din­gle penin­sula coast dur­ing the day, and the craic and fun in pubs and restau­rants in the evenings.

Those who take part in the event will stay two nights’ in the four-star Din­gle Skel­lig Ho­tel. “The Kerry Chal­lenge is like be­ing in­vited to an awe­some fam­ily wed­ding, it is an event that has real heart and soul and it is ideal for groups of col­leagues to re­ally do some­thing dif­fer­ent for a week­end,” said De­bra Ire­land’s Head of Fundrais­ing Ju­dith Gilse­nan.

De­bra Ire­land raises money for peo­ple who suf­fer from EB a rare and of­ten very painful ge­netic con­di­tion which causes the skin, both in­side and out, to blis­ter and wound at the slight­est touch.

“But along with the craic, peo­ple find huge inspiration when they meet EB pa­tients such as De­bra’s pa­tient am­bas­sador Emma Fog­a­rty, and dis­cover their huge courage liv­ing with this very dis­tress­ing con­di­tion,” said Ju­dith.

The event will cost €300 per per­son.

To reg­is­ter log on to www. de­braire­land.org, email ker­rychal­lenge@de­braire­land.org or call (01) 412 6924.

De­bra Ire­land sup­port­ers Sarah Clancy and Liz Collins call­ing on walk­ers to join them for this year’s Kerry Chal­lenge from May 18 to 20. See www. de­braire­land. org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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