Here is an article about my Kilimanjaro climb that was in my local newspaper last week. As most of you may know, I am off to Tanzania in 13 days to climb the world’s highest free standing mountain for the amazing Irish homeless charity, Focus Ireland.
A BALBRIGGAN woman is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime but she needs your help to get to the top of one of the world’s most infamous mountains. Aoibhe Devlin is a former Miss Fingal but she has traded the sash and ball gown for climbing boots in a bid to scale the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro. She explains: ‘ Back in July of this year I decided that it was time I ticked one more big thing off my bucket list. One of them was to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. ‘Bare in mind I wrote this list back when I was 14. 
I knew I wanted to do it for charity but it was a matter of choosing which charity to do it for, I chose Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland is a charity that works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. ‘Within a month I had signed up and was on the trek. I then attended an information evening where we got to know more about the trek itself and how much we would change peoples lives by raising the much needed funds for Focus Ireland. ‘After the information evening I actually cried when I went home because we got to see the struggles behind being homeless and how easy it can be to become homeless. ‘We watched interviews of people who go to Focus Ireland on a daily basis and how much the charity has changed their lives. Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people who are homeless in Ireland at any one time. It was then I knew I was 100% determined to raise as much as I could for the climb.’ 
And this is where Aoibhe needs your help. She said: ‘Our target for the climb is €4800 and so far I have raised €3,125. Back in September, I organised the Miss Fingal 2012 event where I handed over my Miss Fingal crown to Skerries beauty Meghan McAuley. ‘I have also got sponsors from friends, family and college friends along with doing a Bake Sale in work. I will be organising another event in January. ‘I want to appeal to any businesses in the local area who would be interested in helping me reach my goal. I have another €1,675 to raise to get there but any amount at all if greatly appreciated. 
‘I am determined to reach my goal for the charity and get to the top of the world’s highest free standing mountain.’ The aspiring climber said of the challenge: ‘I am nervous but excited. The mountain is 19,000ft and the climb will take place over seven days. ‘It isn’t some small hill climb. It is a big deal and all my hard work will pay off when I reach that sign at the top of the mountain.’ To sponsor Aoíbhe you can email her on and she will inform you how to donate online through the Focus Ireland website. She very much appreciates every cent given to take on this challenge of a lifetime and all for an amazing cause.
I would love all your support for this great cause.
Love Aoibhe xxxxx

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