Brusna man to scale Kilimanjaro this Christmas

A Ballaghaderreen man will spend this Christmas Day on one of the highest mountains in the world in a bid to raise vital funds for Depaul, a cross-border charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Ollie Towey, a son of Mags and Pat Towey, Brusna, will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as part of a nine-day expedition later this month.

“It’s going to be major challenge but I’m ready to go and really looking forward to it,” Ollie said.

The former St. Nathy’s College student and winner of an All-Ireland senior colleges football title with the school in 2000, says he is hoping to raise €10,000 for Depaul, a charity which is close to his heart.

“I remember the stress of trying to get a mortgage when I came home from Australia with my wife Deborah so I can’t imagine how difficult it is for people who don’t have a roof over their heads,” he said.

“One of the main reasons I’m fundraising for Depaul is that nearly 90 per cent of all funds raised will go towards helping homeless people”.

Ollie, who currently lives in Carlow and works in Dublin as an electrician, has plenty of experience when it comes to mountaineering and raising funds for charity.

In 2016, he trekked to Mount Everest’s South Base Camp to raise money for ‘A Miracle for Doireann’ while earlier this year, he and three work colleagues climbed Carrantuohill in aid of Focus Ireland.

To donate to Ollie’s latest fundraiser, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ollie-towey3.