Helping hands needed for ‘Hands Up Slieve Gullion’ fundraiser

March 3, 2014

Raising funds for good causes can sometimes seem like an uphill task but two well known south Armagh men are appealing for helping hands as they attempt to literally scale the heights this May.

With support from family, friends and the general public, local men Owen Reel and Mickey Treanor are hoping to create a chain of hands up the summit of Slieve Gullion mountain.

This will be a major logistical challenge which will need plenty of volunteers but the imaginative idea is intended to raise money for four particularly worthy charitable causes close to home.

Newry and Mourne Diabetic Group, Southern Area Hospice, Musgrave Orthopaedic Unit and the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit will all benefit from the public’s participation in what promises to be a fun event.

“It should definitely be a memorable day which will not only raise funds for the four charities but generate a bit of community spirit and create a spectacular sight,” enthuses  former Meigh man Owen.

“Our plan is that the event will be held on the morning of the first Sunday in May and we want to create a chain of hands through the summit of the mountain” explains Armagh Men’s kit-man, Mickey Treanor.

“We’re appealing for all local people to come along and support this worthwhile event.  It’s open to all regardless of physical fitness level or mobility as we can slot everyone in where it suits them.

“From initial informal contacts we’ve already got some well known sports personalities expressing an interest in getting involved and I’ve no doubt some of those will be volunteering to go further up.” says the Hands Up Slieve Gullion (HUSG) committee.

Sunday’s launch was attended by significant guests and the HUSG extend particular thanks to  Newry and Mourne Mayor Michael Ruane for officially launching the event.

“We’d like to thank those who have pledged support so far in publicising this major undertaking – keep an eye out for other local celebrities holding hands over the coming months promoting the event,”

“We’ll be having registration evenings in local GAA clubs and elsewhere in the next number of weeks,” explained Mr Reel, former chairman of Armagh Ladies County Board.

“However, people can just come along on the day itself so we look forward to seeing you all there on May 4.  We’ll also have a presence on social media, with a Hands Up Slieve Gullion event page on Facebook and our Twitter account, @HUSG2014.

“The fee for participating in this fun fundraiser is £10 per adult, £5 per child or £30 per family – hopefully that will prove popular as it really is a day for families having fun doing something worthwhile together.

“The particular charities are all causes close to our own hearts for various reasons and they’re easy to identify with for the vital work which each is involved in.

“This event is a chance to raise some money to support that work while having a lot of fun in the process.  It’ll be a healthy way to spend an early summer’s day out in the fresh air and a great family-friendly social event,” the HUSG committee concluded.

The first Registration day for the event takes place in Grounded in Slieve Gullion on Sunday 9th March from 2pm to 5pm, Obviously the earlier you register the more chance you can pick your spot on the mountain!!! Call in, have a cuppa and sign yourself up for this great event!!