Galway native plans to ascend Croagh Patrick in wheelchair

Posted in Connect on August 30, 2016.


A Galway man is looking to write his name in the record books as being the first person to conquer Croagh Patrick in the confines of his wheelchair, all with the intentions of raising money for charity. 
John Tobin (29), a Celebral Palsy sufferer, is refusing to let his disability prevent him from completing a ‘life-long dream’ as he attempts to scale the Holy Mountain in a specially engineered wheelchair, with the aid of his family, friends and Roscommon Civil Defence, as a way of giving back to the charities that have helped him throughout his life.
The kind hearted individual, an avid GAA and Country and Western music fan, is being backed in his quest to the top of the 764m summit by stars such Mike Denver, Nathan Carter, Patrick Fennel, the Roscommon Senior footballers and both the Galway Senior hurlers and footballers, and national media outlet Newstalk.
Clive Guthrie, Irish Wheelchair Association and Personal Assistant to John, explained how they came up with this challenging fundraising initiative.
“Each and every week I do something with John, so when we got talking about things to do, and Croagh Patrick got mentioned,” he told The Mayo News last week.
“He said that he’s always wanted to climb it (Croagh Patrick) as his mum goes up there regularly and she has said how she would love to see him on top of it, but thought it might never be achievable.
“It has been a couple of years in the making, but we’re hoping to get him up there on September 10,” added Clive.

Five charities 
John, described as a “love-able character with a personality and a smile that could light up a room,” along with his fundraising committee (which includes Ballaghadereen native Eunice Moran), has chosen five charities whom he will equally share the money raised on his expedition, all of which have in some way influenced his life for the better.
The charities include the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association) Holiday and Respite Centre, Roscommon; Ability West in Glenamaddy; Creggs National School Sunshine classes, Roscommon; Brothers of Charity Services, Roscommon and Join Our Boys Trust, which is a fund set up to help three young boys who are close friends of John, who suffer from Ducheene Muscular Dystrophy. 
Such is the interest in the Williamstown native’s journey to the summit, there will be a motorcycle escort from his house to the foot of Croagh Patrick that will be accompanied by a number of coaches packed with supporters from the nearby villages. The plan is for everyone to arrive at the foot of the mountain for 8.30am on Saturday, September 10. 
A fundraiser for the cause, ‘John’s Dance With The Stars’, will take place in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on September 5 and you can follow him on his Facebook page ‘Climb with John’, where you can make an online donation to the trust.

Piper
Clive Guthrie is also looking for a Piper, who can lead the group off as they attempt to reach the summit of Croagh Patrick. Can you help? contact Clive at cliveguthrie@gmail.com.

Source: The Mayo News

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