We were delighted to have our top staff Pat Falvey and Freddy Tarimo to Lead The Girls Club on their fundraising campaign to the top of Africa.

The Girls Club Cork is a voluntary Cancer Support Group for women who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, their families and friends. Founded in 2011, the Club is located at 26 St. Paul's Avenue, Cork City.

The Club is all about fun and a fighting spirit. In keeping with the fighting spirit a group of 12 brave warriors set off this morning from Cork airport to take on a huge challenge by conquering Kilimanjaro, the roof top of Africa. Not only will they be conquering the mountain but also conquering their own battles with cancer. The group are aiming to raise vital funds for the Girls Club so that we can continue to provide our support services including counselling, holistic therapies, a (free) wig & scarf bank and blankets of hope to the women of Cork.

They reached the summit and sang their cancer beating song while waving their flag! It was a sight to behold , there were tears of joy and emotion flowing.

 

Follow their day by day journey below

 

Guides

Walking and trekking guides & tour leaders

Pat Falvey - One of the worlds best expedition leaders, Pat Falvey has led adventures to some of the most remote regions of the world. With over 69 expeditons and 2 succesful summits of Mount Everest, you can be sure you are in the best of care.

Gerry Walsh is one of our senior tour leaders. He is a co-ordinator for those interested in pursuing walks and treks in other countries. Gerry also leads some of our international treks and safari’s to Africa and Nepal. He has a vast experience in Africa and has climbed Kilimanjaro over 10 times.

Tony Nation- Tony's love for nature and adventure has taken him to some amazing places such as Nepal, Africa, Russia and South America. Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is instilling the local culture and traditions of the places we visit to those that join us on our many expeditions.

Fredrik Tarimo (Chief Trekking Guide)

Fredrik Tarimo is our Chief Guide and has travelled with Pat for nearly 20 years. Fredrik has rarely travelled out and this is primarliy because he meets people from all over the world

See also our Travel team page

Info on Porters

We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our staff and agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have also built up a excellent relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority and expect the highest standards. For more guidelines and information on porters please contact us.

Itinerary

Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version as flights times may affect the overall Itinerary. Land only option is from: Arrive afternoon at hotel on Day 2*, Depart morning at hotel on Day 10*.

  • *Day 1: Leave ireland - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport - Hotel B&B
    *Day 2: Rest & Briefing day - Hotel B&B*
    *Day 3: Start the trek to Machame camp (2980m)
    *Day 4: Shira Camp (3840m)
    *Day 5: Baranco Camp (3950m)
    *Day 6: Acclimatisation Trek Karanga Camp (4100)
    *Day 7: Barafu Camp (4550m)
    *Day 8: Summit (5895m) - descend down to Mweka camp (3100m)
    *Day 9: Mweka Camp to Base Hotel - Hotel B&B
    *Day 10: Departure for Ireland or transfer Safari with overnight - Hotel B&B (transfer 5 hour)*
    *Day 11: Game drive Lake Manyara proceed for Ngorongoro for dinner - Hotel B&B (Game 5 hour)
    *Day 12: Crater tour late noon drive to Arusha for overnight Safari hotel - (Crater 5 hour)
    *Day 13: Departure or Fly to Zanzibar; pick up transfer to Mtoni Marine Beach
    hotel for dinner overnight.
    *Day 14: Excursion in Zanzibar visit Stone town tour dinner overnight
    *Day 15: Leisure at the beach hotel - dinner overnight Mtoni Marine
    *Day 16: Departure for Ireland
    *Day 17: Arrive Ireland

Diary

 

September 8th:

Setting off from Cork airport for the adventure of a lifetime!

Best of luck to the Girls Club who left Cork early this morning to start their journey to #Kilimanjaro, all are in great form and looking forward to the climb!  The Girls Club Cork is a voluntary Cancer Support Group for women who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, their families and friends. Founded in 2011, the Club is located at 26 St. Paul's Avenue, Cork City.   The Club is all about fun and a fighting spirit.  In keeping with the fighting spirit a group of 12 brave warriors set off this morning from Cork airport to take on a huge challenge by conquering Kilimanjaro, the roof top of Africa. Not only will they be conquering the mountain but also conquering their own battles with cancer.  The group are aiming to raise vital funds for the Girls Club so that we can continue to provide our support services including counselling, holistic therapies, a (free) wig & scarf bank and blankets of hope to the women of Cork.  Ireland's leading high altitude adventure company. www.patfalvey.com "Making dreams a reality" Ring Pat or Abina +353 646644181

September 11th:

We set off this morning, all aboard the bus to the Machame Gate our starting point in the rain forest at 1900 meters. Nerves of last night made way to excitement as the great mountain that is Kilimanjaro loomed in the distance, majestic and soaring above the cloud line.

At Machame Gate it was time to sign in with our leader Pat Falvey and Freddy our head guide. Once all the logistics where sorted we were off andwalked up through beautiful rainforest. Chat, songs and getting to know our fantastic guides and porters, always smiling and chilled like cool bananas.... hakuna matata... no worries.

Before too long, 3 hours had passed and it was time for lunch of samosas and other yummy snacks. Hit the spot! And off again up to our first camp, climbing up higher all the time and the temperature is starting to dip.

Rumours of strange noises from the bushes. its the wildlife from The People's Republic are the culprits... will say no more haha.

We arrived just as darkness fell and were greeted by our 53 porters and guides to the Kilimanjaro song. It sent a shiver through our bodies. The best of welcomes.

We were then briefed on the use of our chemical toilet , the use of our tents and debriefing for the day. We were delighted when Pat and Freddy informed us we all did well.

Now we are sitting having the chat, the craic and supping on our hot drinks and snacking on popcorn before dinner arrives. Looking forward to Day 2, we will sleep well tonight.

 

September 11th:

Machame camp to Shira camp @ 3950 meters.

This morning started early when at 6:30am we were treated to hot teas and coffees in our tents, we could get used to this!  The chemical toilet aka "the powder room" is a big hit with everyone and given the 'windy' conditions some of the team are experiencing it's an even bigger hit with some more than others!!!

Speaking of windy the weather has been anything but... pretty perfect so far (touch wood) with sun and generally clear skies.

The landscape changed as we hiked higher up the mountain changing from rainforest to beautiful moorland up above cloud level! The views are out if this world!

Altitude has started to make itself known to some of us in the group in different ways. Some mild headaches, low energy at times due to lower oxygen levels and that kind of thing but nothing too dramatic thankfully!

Six hours later we arrived at Shira camp and greeted by our wonderful porters welcoming us to camp Africa style singing and dancing with joyful abandon. This time we joined them in the dancing and spirits were well and truly lifted after a tiring hike acclimatizing.

Now here we are sitting in our mess tent stuffed after a wonderful meal and enjoying the craic as only the Irish know how. Kilimanjaro doesn't know what hit it haha

We will sleep well tonight!

Until next time,

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxxx

 

September 12th:

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
An early start again today and the team are getting into the rhythm of trek life. The early morning light makes for stunning views every way you turn. We are feeling happy and blessed to be here. And by 8:30am we are off gradually making our way up the mountain trail. The weather again has been perfect. Someone is looking out for us!

Speaking of luck we are also happy to report we are acclimatizing well and today has been much easier in that regard. Barely any symptoms to report and those we are experiencing are mild at that. We are in luck.

The landscape changes as we trek through the day and we enter into another climate zone of moon like terrain. Pole pole and one small step for man, one giant leap for cancer survivors. We are here to show people that life doesn't end upon cancer diagnosis and everyone can go after their dreams no matter how big or small.

Within a few hours we reach Lava Towers our acclimatization destination at 4600m. It is hot there and the sun strong so we are very glad of the shade in our mess tent for our lunch.

Then it is time to continue, downhill to our next campsite so we sleep low as is recommended for acclimatisation. By the time we reach Barranco we are tired but our porters are there to greet us again with their wonderful singing and dancing. We are happy to have arrived and despite the fatigue we are in great spirits.

Tomorrow we do the Barranco Wall and we are looking forward to it!

Until next time,

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxxx

September 14th:

The summit attempt tonight. Messages from the team to friends and family.

Grace: I just want to tell my family and boyfriend I'm doing very well and hope I'm doing ye proud. Think of us tonight as we attempt the summit love ye lots xx

Eimear O'Grady... Ciara Maber we are nearly there a few more hrs and we will b heading for the summit, your inspiring me all the way xxx

Noirin Doyle: Hey all having an amazing time here..summit tonite can't wait.. Lots of love xxxx

Karen - Hey guys all going well here one more big climb and and we'll hit the summit fingers crossed a belated happy birthday to dad xx, see ye all soon love Karen xxx

Sam: To all my family+friends+boyfriend David, doing well here! We summit tonight, keep me in your prayers! Want to make you all proud x

Dee Cullinane : Hi to all my family and friends, I'm doing really great and enjoying every moment, africa is a beautiful country and tonight we attempt the summit, say a prayer for us! See ye all soon xox

Leone Levis:
Ryan,Jess & Jack Keep looking out the window tonight I will wave from the top of Kili. miss u

Hi guys ann and mike here having a ball with amazing people Pat and the porters are so wonderful getting ready for summit we miss you all guys see u soon Ann and Mike xx

Laura: surprisingly still in one piece without falling, bring on summit! X

Eimear O'S: Hi to all the O'Sullivans, CCB and everyone else following me. Doing well and eating my spuds!!

Eilish O'Boyle: Hi to everyone from Barafu our base camp. Our Kili trek has been an amazing experience. I'm delighted to say I'm doing better than expected with the altitude. Summit night tonight and I will give it my all xxx

 

September 13th:

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 4:
This morning we awoke under the shadow of the imposing rock face that is the Barranco Wall, about 250 metres in height.

Standing facing the wall, we noticed small colorful dots moving at a sharp angle up the rock face.....these were fellow trekkers and porters!!! Wow this looks steep!

There were mixed feelings about The Wall.... from excited to very nervous especially those in the group not good with heights or used to rock scrambling. For many this would be a challenge but a challenge we all met in style with a fierceness of spirit only challenges like Kilimanjaro bring to the fore. Is feidir linn.... We can do it!!!

And within a couple of hours we had made the ascent and celebrated in style with can cans, star jumps and.... chocolate!

And we walked on surrounded by dramatic scenery above the cloud line. Who would have thunk it! Here we are on the tallest free standing mountain in the world feeling like warriors!!!

And we trekked on, altitude being kind to us today! This climb is high, sleep low and the craic really is the business. Pat tells us we are doing exceptionally well in that regard. Good news and great for team morale.

Before long we see Karanga Camp in the distance. Not long now we think. Eh not quite.... a steep descent and steep climb and we have arrived! Woohoo!!! We are doing it people and can hardly believe it. Tomorrow night we do our summit attempt.... The time is fast approaching and we feel very positive. The Gods have been with us so far. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Team Kili for The Girls Club xxx

September 14th:

The summit attempt tonight. Messages from the team to friends and family.

Grace: I just want to tell my family and boyfriend I'm doing very well and hope I'm doing ye proud. Think of us tonight as we attempt the summit love ye lots xx

Eimear O'Grady... Ciara Maber we are nearly there a few more hrs and we will b heading for the summit, your inspiring me all the way xxx

Noirin Doyle: Hey all having an amazing time here..summit tonite can't wait.. Lots of love xxxx

Karen - Hey guys all going well here one more big climb and and we'll hit the summit fingers crossed a belated happy birthday to dad xx, see ye all soon love Karen xxx

Sam: To all my family+friends+boyfriend David, doing well here! We summit tonight, keep me in your prayers! Want to make you all proud x

Dee Cullinane : Hi to all my family and friends, I'm doing really great and enjoying every moment, africa is a beautiful country and tonight we attempt the summit, say a prayer for us! See ye all soon xox

Leone Levis:
Ryan,Jess & Jack Keep looking out the window tonight I will wave from the top of Kili. miss u

Hi guys ann and mike here having a ball with amazing people Pat and the porters are so wonderful getting ready for summit we miss you all guys see u soon Ann and Mike xx

Laura: surprisingly still in one piece without falling, bring on summit! X

Eimear O'S: Hi to all the O'Sullivans, CCB and everyone else following me. Doing well and eating my spuds!!

Eilish O'Boyle: Hi to everyone from Barafu our base camp. Our Kili trek has been an amazing experience. I'm delighted to say I'm doing better than expected with the altitude. Summit night tonight and I will give it my all xxx

September 15th:

Summit Night report on Kilimanjaro. By Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

After just a few hours shut eye we were awoken at 10pm. Well awoken may be an exaggeration as I suspect like me it was more resting than sleep.

After a quick feed of biscuits, popcorn and hot drinks it was time for our summit attempt.

Within minutes we began the relentless slog uphill over rocks and zigzagging up sandy terrain underfoot. Darkness was probably to our benefit as at least this way we could not see how much further we had to go and just how steep the terrain was.

Under the watchful eye of a rising red moon we made progress.... slowly slowly. The temperature dropped dramatically as a bitter wind cut into our faces like icy daggers. It was beyond cold and within the first hour our two most of the team began to feel it. Our many layers were keeping us warm but just about. Freddie our head Sidar/guide and Pats right hand man in Africa told us the conditions were not normal and we believed him.

Ahead we could see caravans of lights from the head torches of other Trekkers marking our path ahead.

Our breaks were short due to the dropping temperatures but vital for sustaining our energy levels. Our little snack pack of biscuits and other goodies kept us going. Our guides always on hand to help us when it was needed.

And we walked on... doing the infamous Kili shuffle, one foot in front of the other.... and the mantra 'Is Feider Linn' on repeat in our minds.

Considering the extreme conditions we were doing remarkably well but Ann our intrepid leader.... Mama Kili, Mama Simba, Ledge (legend) to her friends and founder of The Girls Club was unfortunately feeling the altitude more than anyone. With deteriorating weather conditions Pat Falvey Expedition leader and Freddie made the tough decision and at 5,000 metres it was time for her to go back down for her own safety. Ann decided in the best interest of the team and for safety she would re turn, Ann had given it her all after just been told she was cancer free just 12 week previous she had reached her Everest at 5000 meters. The team were gutted and continued on to bring her wishes to the summit. This is the reality of altitude. It does not discriminate and in this case she drew the short straw.

The sub zero conditions did not allow us much time with Ann and so we trekked on. Mind over matter we kept going. The sky changed from dark to deep orange as dawn progressed to sunrise.

Eventually we caught view of Stella Point and our spirits raised. We were at the first summit of Kilimanjaro and could hardly believe it!!! The relief and joy we felt along with a renewed determination.... we still had further to go and our adventure was not yet over.... Uhuru the true peak of Kilimanjaro was within reach and by God we were going to get there.

And within an hour or so we did!!! The infamous sign was within sight and together we got there. Emotions flowed... joy, relief, exhaustion and others we couldn't quite express.... we had done it.... together.... for The Girls Club, for our loved ones, for those we have loved and lost. This was a special moment and we would never forget it.

A special blog from each of the team to follow on their personal feelings of summit night to follow tomorrow.

Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

#kilimanjaro #canceraware Summit Night report on Kilimanjaro.  By Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx  After just a few hours shut eye we were awoken at 10pm. Well awoken may be an exaggeration as I suspect like me it was more resting than sleep.  After a quick feed of biscuits, popcorn and hot drinks it was time for our summit attempt.  Within minutes we began the relentless slog uphill over rocks and zigzagging up sandy terrain underfoot. Darkness was probably to our benefit as at least this way we could not see how much further we had to go and just how steep the terrain was.  Under the watchful eye of a rising red moon we made progress.... slowly slowly. The temperature dropped  dramatically as a bitter wind cut into our faces like icy daggers. It was beyond cold and within the first hour our two most of the team began to feel it. Our many layers were keeping us warm but just about. Freddie our head Sidar/guide and Pats right hand man in Africa told us the conditions were not normal and we believed him.  Ahead we could see caravans of lights from the head torches of other Trekkers marking our path ahead.  Our breaks were short due to the dropping temperatures but vital for sustaining our energy levels. Our little snack pack of biscuits and other goodies kept us going. Our guides always on hand to help us when it was needed.  And we walked on... doing the infamous Kili shuffle, one foot in front of the other.... and the mantra 'Is Feider Linn' on repeat in our minds.  Considering the extreme conditions we were doing remarkably well but Ann our intrepid leader.... Mama Kili, Mama Simba, Ledge (legend) to her friends and founder of The Girls Club was unfortunately feeling the altitude more than anyone. With deteriorating weather conditions Pat Falvey  Expedition leader and Freddie made the tough decision and at 5,000 metres it was time for her to go back down for her own safety. Ann decided in the best interest of the team and for safety she would re turn, Ann had given it her all after just been told she was cancer free just 12 week previous she had reached her Everest at 5000 meters. The team were gutted and continued on to bring her wishes to the summit.  This is the reality of altitude. It does not discriminate and in this case she drew the short straw.  The sub zero conditions did not allow us much time with Ann and so we trekked on. Mind over matter we kept going. The sky changed from dark to deep orange as dawn  progressed to sunrise.  Eventually we caught view of Stella Point and our spirits raised.  We were at the first summit of Kilimanjaro and could hardly believe it!!! The relief and joy we felt along with a renewed determination.... we still had further to go and our adventure was not yet over.... Uhuru the true peak of Kilimanjaro was within reach and by God we were going to get there.  And within an hour or so we did!!! The infamous sign was within sight and together we got there. Emotions flowed...  joy, relief, exhaustion and others we couldn't quite express.... we had done it.... together.... for The Girls Club, for our loved ones, for those we have loved and lost. This was a special moment and we would never forget it.  A special blog from each of the team to follow on their personal feelings of summit night to follow tomorrow.  www.patfalvey.com Ireland's leading adventure company   Eilish O'Boyle - Kili Blogger for The Girls Club xxx

September 19th:

The Girls Club go wild: After an amazing success on Kilimanjaro the Dream team are taking time out to see the Big Five in Africa on Safari on one of our three day wild life safari. They will be visiting Ngorongoro Crater one of the most impressive conservation areas in the world. They will also visit the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. While also gaining an insight into the culture of the local tribes people. I'm delighted that they have taken time to investigate wild africa before returning to Ireland. Best of luck girls and Mike.

 

Pat Falvey's photo.

Friday, 04 May 2012 09:43

Sponsored walk for Jerry O'Sullivan

A year on Jerry O'Sullivan is doing well with recovery from his incident on McKinley. On the 9th June a sponsored walk is taking place in the Gap of Dunloe. If you would like to help Jerry and his walking club raise money for his ongoing treatments and recovery please contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling an organisers details below to receive an official sponsoship card. We hope to see you there.

Organisers: Lee Hillwalking & Mountaineering Club

Why?: Jerry lost his fingers from both hands and the toes of one foot after an accident on Mount McKinley, Alaska in May 2011

Where?: Gap of Dunloe - meet at Kate Kearney's Cottage at 9.30am

Walk: Up path toward Strickeen, over cnoc an Bhraca and Drishana to top of gap and back by road: 4-6hrs

When?: 9th June 2012 - walking begins at 10am

Donations can also be made to the following: AIB Bishopstown, AC No. 15064043, Sort code: 934321

For further information on sponsorship cards and details:

Lar Fant 0876823767 - Sean Casey 0872264446 - Con Collins 0872513922

 

Charity Climb Cystic Fibrosis raise €10,200

Pat Falvey presents a cheque for money raised on Corran Tuathail climb from the supports of  Build 4  Life 4 Kids.

Over the years the Pat Falvey School of mountaineering have been involved in walks in Kerry and around the world helping raise over 2 million euros for different charities to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Commenting on this event Pat said " It constantly surprises me the generosity that we have as an Irish nation to help our charities to help others and it gives us a great pleasure in being involved in such events here and throughout the world."

kerryway

Huge turn out For Cancer Research walking weekend in Kenmare This is the fourth year that we have been involved in the Cancer research walk which has seen a huge increase in numbers over the years for this popular event. The walking is suitable for beginners that just want to get up- get out and get fit.

Strong support €400,000 raised to date: Today Pat Falvey and Pat Spillane set off  over 220 people on  a the three day Kerry Way Challenge and trek to raise money For Cancer Research. The projected target for this years fund raiser is hoped to top over a Hundred Thousand Euro’s bringing the total over the four years to reach €400,000.

The God’s are with the Walkers: Tkerrywayhis year it seems as if the gods of nature are with the walkers as the forecast predicts three fine days ahead. The Kerry way is one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in the country and the walk brings us across magnificent scenery of both landscape and seascape around the Kenmare region.

The weekend blends walking and social activities that covers over 100 Km of both the Iveragh and Beara Peninsula as well as good food and accommodation in Kenmare with good music and fun.

A lot of the trekkers have made an annual event of this challenge and have developed amazing friendships through the cancer research  challenge.

Pat Falvey once again was delighted to be involved and commented that “there is not one family in the country that has not been effected by this disease and believes that the funding raise on this event goes to what has been recognised as one of the leading research centres in the world helping to develop cutting edge science in the treatment of cancer and is delighted to be associated in this event.”

We just like to wish all trekkers a wonderful weekend and to say well done to all the staff volunteers and guides on what will once again go down as a wonderful weekend in Kerry.

Information on the Cancer Research Project: The Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) is a multidisciplinary organisation that investigates major issues that concern the genesis, progression or treatment of cancer. Its purpose is to provide discovery and innovations that may be applied to the prevention of the cancer in the first place or to the development of more effective treatment strategies. Its foundation was based on the unshakeable belief that the cancer questions can be resolved and that we could create the capability to make significant contributions.

kerrywaySince its inception in 1999, Cork Cancer Research Centre has been a leading force in developing new treatments for cancer patients that provide tangible benefits to those most in need of breakthroughs. Current research at the Centre is solving the critical challenge of secondary cancer and is directed at three research themes: Cell Death and Survival Mechanisms, Novel Therapeutics and related Devices and Gene Therapy. Cork Cancer Research Centre has also developed significant programmes in Prevention and Education.

The progress and success at the Centre has been through the scientific and personal initiatives that the CCRC has established with groups throughout the world. Vital to our success has been the core structure upon which multidisciplinary programmes are built. This approach ensures that we take the latest findings from clinical practice to the laboratory to focus our research. We then bring the latest research breakthroughs to the clinicians to apply our findings. The research work carried out at the Centre has already translated into five unique clinical studies.

From our modest beginnings with only two employees, the Centre has rapidly expanded in both size and significance, while never forgetting the central tenet of our task: To advance new cancer treatments through research. This continues to be our mission.

CCRC staff are located in laboratories and offices at the Mercy University Hospital and the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Laboratory, Biosciences Institute, UCC. Funds for the Centre are generated through research grants, voluntary fundraising efforts and private donations.

"Advancing New Treatments Through Research"

Registered Charity No: CHY 11831

For more information please contact Helena Slattery, Development Officer for Cork Cancer Research Centre on 021 4901437 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Friday, 01 July 2011 14:39

Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk

Press Release Falvey & Spillane Unite to Walk the Way for Cancer Research

kerry way cancer research walk launch

World renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat     Spillane put County rivalries aside to launch the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk 2011 in aid of Cork Cancer Research Centre.  Both men will take to the Kerry Way to lead over 250 walkers out during the 3 day hill walk which will take place on July 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

"Cancer affects so many people, through their own journey or through someone they know.  Taking on cancer is a daunting challenge which requires focus and determination, elements which are also needed for facing other challenges in life such as climbing Mount Everest walking to the North or South Pole.  However the greatest challenges cannot be achieved alone - it is the team supporting you that will help you get through.  Just like the team of people that I work with to achieve what most would say as impossible, the Cork Cancer Research Centre provides focus and determination to the challenge of bringing new treatments to cancer patients.  I'm delighted to be involved in this event and to lend my name and support as part of the fundraising efforts for cancer research, and to help combat cancer" commented adventurer Falvey.

"There are still too many people, family and friends who are affected by cancer.  The research this walk supports is the kind of cutting edge research that will change that.  Having heard about the work of the Cork Cancer Research Centre, I am delighted to join these trails and raise vital funds for their work".  "The Kerry Way provides a spectacular setting for this fun event and the three routes for 2011 are both stunning and challenging.  I'm looking forward to it." said legendary Kerry footballer.

Online registration is now open on the event website www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie.  All details regarding The Kerry Way kerry way cancer research walk launch Cancer Research Walk can be accessed on this user friendly site, which provides plenty of information and guidance regarding the walk routes, fundraising, accommodation, training, etc.  Participants can walk one, two or all three days.   Alternatively walkers can call the Development Office directly on 021 490 1437.

The Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk is a 71km three day fundraising event that has gone from strength to strength raising nearly €400,000 for cancer research in the past four years.  The 2010 event was a tremendous success with over 250 walkers, from counties all around Ireland braving all types of weather to make a positive impact on cancer and raise an astounding €75,000.  The event goal this year is to raise €100,000 for cancer research.

The three days of guided walks will start and finish each day in Kenmare and will incorporate impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, wooded paths and lakes along the Kerry Way trails.  Challenging but fun, the great camaraderie on the route adds to the spectacular settings and ensures a truly memorable experience!

The routes over the three days include

Friday July 22nd               Sneem to Kenmare                                                        28km

  • Saturday July 23rd Lauragh to Kenmare 26km
  • Sunday July 25th Killarney to Kenmare 17km

Past supporters of the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk include Sean Kelly, Dáithí Ó Sé, John McHenry, and Kevin Kehily.

Photographs include: World renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat Spillane, Bláithín Kiernan and Patrick Murray, both walk leaders and members of the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk organising committee.

Photographer:  MACMONAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY, Killarney

Ends

Editors Notes:

The Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) is a multidisciplinary organisation that investigates major issues that concern the genesis, progression or treatment of cancer. Its purpose is to provide discovery and innovations that may be applied to the prevention of the cancer in the first place or to the development of more effective treatment strategies. Its foundation was based on the unshakeable belief that the cancer questions can be resolved and that we could create the capability to make significant contributions.

Since its inception in 1999, Cork Cancer Research Centre has been a leading force in developing new treatments for cancer patients that provide tangible benefits to those most in need of breakthroughs. Current research at the Centre is solving the critical challenge of secondary cancer and is directed at three research themes: Cell Death and Survival Mechanisms, Novel Therapeutics and related Devices and Gene Therapy. Cork Cancer Research Centre has also developed significant programmes in Prevention and Education.

The progress and success at the Centre has been through the scientific and personal initiatives that the CCRC has established with groups throughout the world. Vital to our success has been the core structure upon which multidisciplinary programmes are built. This approach ensures that we take the latest findings from clinical practice to the laboratory to focus our research. We then bring the latest research breakthroughs to the clinicians to apply our findings. The research work carried out at the Centre has already translated into five unique clinical studies.

From our modest beginnings with only two employees, the Centre has rapidly expanded in both size and significance, while never forgetting the central tenet of our task: To advance new cancer treatments through research. This continues to be our mission.

CCRC staff are located in laboratories and offices at the Mercy University Hospital and the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Laboratory, Biosciences Institute, UCC. Funds for the Centre are generated through research grants, voluntary fundraising efforts and private donations.

"Advancing New Treatments Through Research"

Registered Charity No: CHY 11831

For more information please contact Helena Slattery, Development Officer for Cork Cancer Research Centre on 021 4901437 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Pat,
Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers
like me up Irelands highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful of the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile. Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)

This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated with this worthy cause on the day.

Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil

Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and rain hair at it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/cysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pat,
Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers
like me up Irelands highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful of the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile. Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)

This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated with this worthy cause on the day.

Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil

Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and rain hair at it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/cysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:48

Climb Carrauntoohil for Suicide Aware

Join us as we climb Corran Tuathail, Ireland's highest peak (1039m/3414ft) on May 29th 2011 in aid of suicide aware, the Cork based organisation set up to help deal with the issues of depression and suicide in Ireland. The climb will be led by charity patron Pat Falvey and his team of experienced guides.

Meeting Point: Kate Kearney's Cottage, Gap of Dunloe

Meet Time: 10am

Sponsorship cards available from Pat Behan 087 9454202 (Minimum sponsorship €150pp)

This is the third annual climb with Pat and it has proven a most popular event. It will be on a first booked basis as numbers limited to 80 pax for safety reasons.

Many of the last years climbers are interested in making this a weekend event and the local hostel is providing special rates for all interested - pre booking is essential.

Basic walking skills required and walking gear essential - Look forward to meeting you on the day! For more information or to book a place contact us or www.suicideaware.ie

Suicide Aware climbers on Carrauntoohil

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 02:05

Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation

May 07th brought Andy, Jack (10) and Shannan Timmins along with 22 friends to the foot of Carrauntoohil.

Since late 2010, we have had the pleasure of working with Andy and Sarah Timmins in organising their fundraising event to Climb Carrauntoohill for the Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation. With over 40 members of the Timmins family and friends down from Dublin inc supporting team, the 25 climbers including Jack and Lee, both whom have Cystic Fibrosis, set of on what can only be described as a challenging day on Ireland's highest peak.

The rain was constant and heavy. The winds were high and often left us bracing ourselves against the elements. But under the guidance and expertise of Pat & Niall Foley, the team were in no doubt of a safe ascent and more importantly, a safe descent. Not once did the teams motivation flonder and an extra credit must be noted to the younger members of the team who would of been in their rights to call it a day at any point. But the strenghts that can be drawn from great leadership (both of the guides Pat and Niall and of Andy Timmins) held high and 7 hours after leaving Cronin's Yard, a very enthused team returned high with emotion and very very wet!

I had the pleasure of assisting Pat and Niall in leading the climb and after working with Andy over the past 6 months, it was a great feat to be there to witness the day in all it's glory. Having met with most of the group on the Friday evening for a briefing, it was obvious that the climbers were heading back for a great evening of celebrtions and they definately deserved it!

Belated Happy Birthday to Jack who turned 11 in the past few days. We hope you had a great day and if your and Lee's positive attitude on the climb was anything to go by, we will no doubt see you guys back on the hills into the future!

''Hi Pat, Lorrainne and Neil, just wanted to thank ye all again for all your help and guidance on our recent journey up carrauntoohil for C.F...It was certainly as spectacular as it was difficult, given the day we had... And on behalf of our group, family and friends may i pass on our deepest condolances to the family and friends of your fellow adventurer John Delaney... Look forward to meeting ye all again, ok... cheers for now'' John (the fireman) Timmins..

About Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation

  • Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation is a 100% voluntary organisation
  • We have no salaried staff
  • We do not use professional fundraisers
  • We cover all promotional expenses from our own pockets
  • All involved give their time free of charge
  • Every cent raised goes directly to meet clearly specified needs
  • Our audited accounts are freely available for inspection

Achievements

October 2010 Temple St CFOPD

''It's a Big Thank You to everyone involved in raising the funds that CF Hopesource Foundation contributed to the project. The total project cost Euro2.3m and CF Hopesource contributed Euro545k''
''For the past 3 months children with CF going to Temple St have been attending clinic at the new CF OPD and any child requiring treatment in between clinic visits has been going there too. The result is that parents can bring their children to the new clinic without fear of cross infection while at clinic. Also starting a child on IV anti-biotics no longer needs to be delayed because of the lack of a treatment room''

2007: New testing equipment for Dr. Philip Murphy's Microbiology Lab at Tallaght Hospital primarily funded by the Forex Golf outing in Mount Wolseley. Many thanks to all who gave their supported. For CF patients, this means faster prescription of the correct antibiotic.

Funding the position of Dedicated Dietician for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Beaumont Hospital

Providing seed funding for the position of Dedicated Dietician for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Fully funding a 2nd Dedicated Dietician post for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Funding a Dedicated Physiotherapist position and the position of a Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Funding the position of a dedicated Psychologist for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Establishing a Long Line IV Service at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

26,000 Euro towards the purchase of a Micro Array Scanner for Cystic Fibrosis Research at Beaumont Hospital

Being involved in fundraising with the charity, we will be watching tonight as Adi Roche, Ali Hewson & Liz O Donnell, Chernobyl Children International appear with Ryan Tubridy tonight, Friday 08th April (21:30 RTE 1) to launch the charity's commemoration events planned for the 25th Anniversary of the disaster.

Ryan will speak to his special guests about the work of CCI, the fall-out from the world’s worst nuclear disaster and the impact of the tragedy on children and families in the Chernobyl regions who continue to suffer today.

Twenty five years later, the crisis has not gone away and now, more than ever, we want to assure the people of the region that they have not been forgotten. Tune in tomorrow night to show your support!

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