157,000 viewers tuned in to TV3’s Midweek programme to watch adventurer and explorer Pat Falvey and Teena Gates, Head of News at Dublin’s 98FM discuss the forthcoming Hope Challenge 2010 when Pat leads a group of celebrities to Everest Base Camp, and maybe beyond. The program was hosted by Collette Fitzpatrick.
Teena joins Jenny Kavanagh who plays Cleo in Fair City, RTE TV Presenter Rob Ross, Extreme Artist Philip Graye, actor George McMahon and a support team, to battle it out against the elements and walk to the highest frontiers of the planet.
The added challenge of Island Peak beckons for some members of the team who make it beyond Base Camp and the ever present risk of altitude sickness to tackle an ice-wall and a difficult ridge climb.
TV3 viewers were astounded to hear that perhaps the most unlikely member of the team, Teena, had lost 10 stone in the past year as part of a battle back to fitness and tough preparations for the challenge ahead. The radio journalist got a similar reaction when she returned to her desk at 98FM, with the top Dublin station inundated with phone calls and texts from listeners offering support and donations for the challenge. The team head off on September 30th and they are passionately appealing for support for their campaign to raise funds for the Hope Foundation and street children in Calcutta. You can follow the team’s progress and make a donation on the Hope Foundation website www.hopechallenge2010.com
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TV3 8-9-10 Pat Falvey & Teena Gates HOPE Foundation