Ireland’s best known personalities scale Kilimanjaro to raise money for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
A documentary following eight of Ireland’s best known personalities as they undertake the challenge of a lifetime to reach the top of Kilimanjaro in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin will air on RTE 1 on Monday 18th July at 9:30pm.
Narrated by Hollywood actor Colin Farrell, ‘ The Climb for Kids – Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge’ follows, Síle Seoige, Kathryn Thomas, Alan Shortt, Jenny Buckley, Darren Holden, Karl Spain, Ruth Scott and Paul Byrne as they take on this emotional and grueling trek to raise much needed funds for Ireland’s sick children.
Standing at an imposing 19,340 ft above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. Biting winds, altitude sickness and subzero temperatures are just some of the challenges the celebrities face to reach the summit and for many it is an emotional journey of self discovery on the way.
TV and radio presenter Síle Seoige says; “When I accepted the challenge, I knew it was going to be tough but nothing quite prepares you for the enormity of it until you get to Africa and you’re actually doing it! For me, the climb was a life enhancing experience and one that will stay with me forever.
While it was definitely the toughest thing I’ve ever done, it was only a few days out of my life and nothing compared to what the kids and their families go through day in day out in Crumlin hospital. They were the ones to give us the motivation to keep going.”
Alan Shortt reveals how the Kilimanjaro challenge took him to the edge. “If every footprint I left on the mountain is worth one euro to the children of Crumlin, then the climb to the summit will be a massive achievement. Not everyone made it but each individual fought their own challenge over our six exhausting days. It certainly was the toughest experience of my life.”
Joe Quinsey, CEO of the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin said;
“We were overwhelmed by all our 28 climbers who generously gave their time to this project. In particular to the celebrities who took time out of their busy schedules for our kids. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a huge challenge that in some way may reflects the challenges that many of the children who come to Crumlin face. The money raised through this Climb for Kids project will make a huge difference to the lives of children in our hospital. We can’t thank everyone enough.”
‘The Climb for Kids – Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge’ was produced and directed by Michael Sheridan and edited by Tangerine Productions.