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A WICK­LOW school­girl has smashed her fundrais­ing tar­get and raised over €1,600 for the Mater Hos­pi­tal.

Ten-year-old Rosie Coad took part in The Mater Foun­da­tion’s Swim 10 Miles in a Month Chal­lenge through­out Novem­ber in the hope of rais­ing €1,500 for the hos­pi­tal.

As her chal­lenge came to an end last week, the kind-hearted girl had al­ready raised a fan­tas­tic €1,613 – with funds still com­ing in.

Rosie was the youngest fundraiser to take part in the Mater chal­lenge, which in­volved swim­ming 2.5 miles a week. She broke that down into 60 lengths of the pool com­pleted three times a week – twice in the morn­ings be­fore school and once in the evening.

Rosie’s friends from Wick­low Hunt Club joined her in the pool at the Coral Leisure Cen­tre in Wick­low town on Tues­day evenings to help en­cour­age her as she com­pleted her lengths.

As her chal­lenge came to an end on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, Rosie’s mum Carol or­gan­ised a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion to con­grat­u­late her and those friends who sup­ported her along the way.

Rosie was in­spired to take part in the chal­lenge by her beloved grandad Michael Ryan, who was very sick with a hole in his sep­tum around the time Rosie was born and had to un­dergo a crit­i­cal op­er­a­tion.

‘He had surgery in the Mater Hos­pi­tal and is still caus­ing lots of mis­chief to­day. He is re­ally fun and I love spend­ing time with him,’ she ex­plained.

Rosie has been rais­ing money via her Face­book Fundrais­ing page (www.face­­nate/181166359432610/) and peo­ple can do­nate un­til to­mor­row, Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Rosie Coad with her friends from Wick­low Hunt, who sup­ported her as she com­pleted her chal­lenge.

Rosie Coad with her grandad Michael Ryan at her spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion in the Coral Leisure Cen­tre, Wick­low town.

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