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Mount Errigal climb for Charlie Bird Motor Neurone appeal

Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird revealed on RTE's Late, Late Show that he is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Picture by RTE
Seamus McKinney

THE public is being urged to support a fund-raising effort by Motor Neurone victim and former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird by joining an organised climb of Mount Errigal in April.

One of the broadcaster's best known journalists, Mr Bird revealed on the Late, Late Show that he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). An incurable illness, MND affects the brain and nervous system. The veteran journalist has also revealed he was not expected to live beyond three years.

In a hugely emotional appearance in January, he vowed to climb Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo on April 2 along with his family and friends to raise money for the MND Association and Irish suicide-prevention agency, Pieta House. Since the show, his Climb with Charlie campaign has taken off.

Now a second climb is being organised to support Mr Bird in Co Donegal. Launched in Gweedore this week, the Climb Errigal Togher event will also take place on April 2, coinciding with the Croagh Patrick climb.

Launched by Donegal Fianna Fáil councillor, Ciaran Brogan at An Cúirt hotel, the climb will be overseen by a number of organisations.

Mr Brogan said: “This event in April will give people a focus and something to look forward to. It is not a race or a competition; it’s about the fantastic people of Donegal coming together and getting behind two worthy charities.”

In a video message played at the launch, Mr Bird thanked all who would be taking part in “that beautiful part of the country”.

Mr Bird said: “Many people are suffering and I hope this event, along with the many other events on the day, will give people a lift and some hope.”

Full details of the event and registration is available at climberrigaltogether.com.

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