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Sunday 20 October 2019

Kilimanjaro conquered

LINDA UNFURLED WEXFORD COLOURS AT SUMMIT

FINTAN LAMBE

'IT WAS the hardest thing I've ever done,' said a relieved Linda Brown this week upon her return from Tanzania, where she climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last Wednesday morning and proudly flew the purple and gold flag for her county.

Linda was one of seven Elverys Sports staff members who did the gruelling challenge to raise funds for the ISPCC. The 27year-old Gorey girl, who works in the sports shop chain's Gorey store, raised over €4,000 for the charity before she went, exceeding her €2,500 target.

'It was amazing, absolutely life changing, but definitely very tough,' she said. 'I wasn't prepared for it to be as tough as it was. The last night in particular was very challenging.'

The Elverys staff were accompanied by a representative of the ISPCC, who explained that their hard-earned money will go towards Childline's call centre and the ISPCC's outreach programmes.

'It was so cold, that the tears turned to icicles on our eyelashes,' she said. 'We had snow and rain all the way up.' It took five days to reach the peak, at which point she unfurled the Wexford colours. It then took a day and a half to descend the mountain.

She raised the impressive sum at a fashion show in the Ashdown Park Hotel in May. 'People were so generous,' she said. 'A big thank you to everyone who supported it in any way, including all the businesses who supported the event, the people who attended, and those who bought raffle tickets. I was overwhelmed by the support.'

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