John’s Croagh Patrick Climb

John Tobin (29) from Williamstown, Co. Galway is well-known throughout County Roscommon. John attends Brothers of Charity Cherry House Special Needs Centre in Roscommon as he has Cerebral Palsy and is a wheelchair user. 

  This September, John is taking on a major and exciting challenge – he is planning to climb Croagh Patrick.

  John says: “I have had a dream for some time now to climb Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo. I have a brilliant team of people behind me who are helping me to achieve this goal. I hope that the climb will take place in September of this year. I am very excited about this!”

  John’s connections with Roscommon are well established. Speaking of the Brothers of Charity Cherry House Special Needs Centre – and of his links with the county – he says: “I am very happy in this Centre and if you happen to be in Roscommon town you can usually see me driving around in my motorised wheelchair.”

  John is an avid Galway GAA fan and also loves country music. Now he is looking forward to his Croagh Patrick challenge and grateful to everyone who is helping with this exciting project.

  “I receive excellent support from family, carers and friends. They are always focussed on my ABILITY, rather than my DISABILITY. I want to thank everyone for their support to date and I look forward to your continued support in the weeks leading up to September!”

Roscommon People partners with John

The Roscommon People is delighted to support the ‘Climb With John’ campaign as exclusive media partner.

  The Roscommon People is involved as a sponsor and media partner. Over the coming weeks we will keep readers updated with details of John’s Croagh Patrick challenge and we will be present to report on John’s endeavours in September.

  Roscommon People Editor Paul Healy said: “John is very well-known in Galway and Roscommon and throughout the region. People know John and they can’t but be inspired by his infectious good humour and positivity.

  “When we were asked if we could assist with John’s Climb, we were delighted to offer our support. It promises to be a remarkable event in September and we wish John and his team every success. No doubt it will be great fun too! The other aspect of this which appealed to us is the fact that the fund-raising element will help some excellent local and very worthy causes.

  “The Roscommon People is fully behind John’s Climb and we urge the public to support the campaign at every opportunity.”

 ‘My chosen causes’ – John

My team and I have decided to link my climb to fundraising for very worthy local causes.

  The following five beneficiaries have been chosen as I have a special affinity with each of them:

Brothers of Charity Cherry House is the Special Needs Centre where I attend on a daily basis.

Ability West (Glenamaddy branch) is a Special Needs Centre where I attended the Summer Camp for quite a few years.

Irish Wheelchair Association Day Centre and Holiday Centre, Cuisle is the IWA Holiday Centre in Donamon, Co. Roscommon. I have often attended outings in Cuisle. 

The Sunshine Class, Creggs National School has a hydrotherapy pool and I am always welcome there.

Join Our Boys – I have a special friendship with brothers Archie, George and Isaac who have all been diagnosed with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy.