The Errigal Climb for Autism is about to take on a brand new route this summer – many routes in fact!
The popular awareness event cannot take place as normal this May due to Covid-19 restrictions.
But organisers have overcome that hurdle with a bright idea to get volunteers stepping up to the challenge from home.
The virtual Errigal climb invites volunteers to make a big difference by climbing, or hiking, the equivalent of Errigal at home or within the permitted distance from home.
Errigal is 750m above sea level. That’s 250 floors (if you use a tracker) or climbing an average flight of stairs 250 times.
Alternatively, the distance from the car park to the summit of Errigal and back to the car park is just under 2km. So participants are being asked to simply walk/hike 2km, and if their gardens or local roads have hills, even better!
The event has been organised by Karen Kirwin, June Doherty, Lavinia Woodward and Clare McCahill, who raise awareness and fundraise for various causes each year.
All online registrations in 2020 will be donated to Donegal Hospice to support the unit’s urgent need for funds, due to major events being cancelled this year.
Individuals and families can choose to do their ‘climb’ anytime between Tuesday 28th of April and Monday 24th May 2020. You don’t have to do it in one session. You can keep a record of the distance and add it up every time you walk.
Everyone who takes part is asked to wear blue for autism awareness, and post selfies and videos to showcase their climbs.
Registration is 10 EURO per person, under 12s go free. Register or donate at: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11385122_errigal-virtual-climb-for-donegal-hospice.html