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Peaky Southsiders play a blinder to raise funds for Irish charities 

Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 7:59am
Peaky Southsiders play a blinder to raise funds for Irish charities 

The team are pictured at the official cheque handover (above).

Peaky Southsiders play a blinder to raise funds for Irish charities 

The team are pictured at the official cheque handover (above).

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FOUR Southsiders joined two other Dubliners as they conquered Ireland’s Four Peaks in a company challenge that raised €68,456 for four Irish charities.

Gemma Vaughan from Rathfarnham, Colm Scannell from Terenure, Gerry O’Brien from Tallaght and David McAvinue from Walkinstown, took part in the challenge with Pat Moore from Balrothery in North Dublin and John Bradley who lives in Finglas.

Together, they went above and beyond to conquer the Four Peaks Challenge and raise much needed funds for charity.

The locals were part of a team of 22 colleagues from Grafton Merchanting ROI, Ireland’s leading building merchanting company which includes brands such as Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley.

The company said it was  thrilled to announce that it had raised the grand total of €68,456.10 in vital funds for four Irish charities including Focus Ireland, CMRF Crumlin, Pieta House and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

The Four Peaks challenge saw a 22-strong Grafton Merchanting ROI team travel across the country to climb the highest mountain in each of Ireland’s four provinces in four days.

In preparation for the mountain ascension, the team carried out months of training for the demanding four-day challenge. The team kicked off the significant feat starting with Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry, followed by Mweelrea in Co Mayo and Slieve Donard in Co Down, before finally finishing with Lugnaquilla in Co Wicklow.

The team not only defeated the Four Peaks but also smashed their fundraising target of €40,000 by raising almost €30,000 in excess of the initial goal for the four charities that were chosen.

Commenting on the success of the fundraising challenge, Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Grafton Merchanting ROI said: “We are very proud to announce that Grafton Merchanting ROI has raised €68,456.10 for four incredibly important causes by undertaking the Four Peaks challenge.

“After many weeks of training, lots of determination and a dose of good humour, we conquered the Four Peaks and most importantly, we busted through our target for the four charities. 

“Grafton Merchanting ROI has a long and proud history of working with and donating to charities who raise funds for those most in need in Ireland. On behalf of all the team here in Grafton Merchanting ROI, I would like to congratulate and thank the team of 22 employees on this great achievement. I look forward to us realising the next initiative for charity.”

The charities include Focus Ireland who are on the frontline of the homelessness crisis, CMRF Crumlin, Pieta House who support families affected by suicide and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland who help more than 1,300 people suffering from the disease. 

The Four Peaks challenge saw the 22-strong Grafton Merchanting crew travel across the country to climb the highest mountain in each of Ireland’s four provinces.

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