Meet Ruth. She took on the Dublin Mountains Challenge for Barretstown in 2017 and is looking forward to taking part in this years walk.
Barretstown has always had a special place in my heart. My childhood friend was diagnosed with Non–Hodgkin Lymphoma when she was in 3rd year of school- it was quite a shock and being quite young I didn’t quite understand the impact it had on her or on me. Barretstown was there for my friend and was able to give her the things that I couldn’t or maybe wasn’t fully understanding of what my friend needed at this difficult time from a physical or an emotional sense.
I decided to do the Dublin Mountains Challenge to raise much needed funds and awareness but also decided it was a challenge for me personally. The challenge gave me sense of what the children and families who attend Barretstown face on a daily basis. I was overwhelmed by the amount of sponsorship I received. People were generous to give money knowing how wonderful an organisation Barretstown is.
The Dublin Mountains Challenge itself was mentally and physically challenging. It was my first year taking part (with my mom) and I won’t lie, it was tough! But the support, encouragement and positivity from everyone involved was unbelievable and left me with such a sense of achievement for an amazing cause. I want to become a “Cara” in the New Year to give something back.
I would 100% recommend the event and would advise that training for the event is essential. Roll on next year!