Charity volunteers will, quite literally, be descending on Donegal in their hundreds this summer.
Two hundred people are set to undertake sponsored tandem parachute jumps at Donegal Airport in Carrickfin in aid of a total of nine charities.
The skydives will take place over the summer Bank Holiday weekends, May 29-June 2 and July 31-August 4.
The charities are set to benefit are Saint Vincent de Paul Society, The Alcohol Forum, Donegal Down Syndrome Association, Autism Family Support, Peru Children’s Charity, Crumlin Medical Research Foundation, North West Simon Community, Diabetes Ireland and 22q11 Ireland.
A similar event was held last year, with 132 jumpers raising a total of €46,000 for four charities. SNAP, Little Angels School, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and MS Donegal each received €11,500.
Many of the novice skydivers had such a great experience that they are planning to jump again this year. “This is a wonderful chance to see Donegal like you never seen it before” one of the jumpers enthused.
Among the first time participants this year will be three of the staff at Donegal Airport itself - Aoife Bonner and the two Marie O’Donnells.
Marie told the Democrat: “The skydiving event here was such a success last year that we decided we’d have to give it a go this year.”
Ladies Night Out tonight
The trio are jumping in aid of 22q11 Ireland which supports people with 22q11 deletion syndrome and their families. This little known but very serious condition can lead to heart defects, learning disabilities, cleft palate, immune deficiency and more. It’s a cause that’s dear to Marie’s heart because her 20-year-old son has the condition.
They’re hosting a very special fundraising event at the airport tonight, a Lady’s Night Out. Come along, relax and be pampered. There will be demonstrations and treatments including Age LOC Galvanic anti aging Facial Gel (look 5 to 10 years younger in 10 minutes), Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Manicures and Hair Style demonstrations as well as talks, raffles and more.
Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. Contact Marie on 086 836 7489 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scenery is the draw
The organiser of the mass charity sky dive is Fintan Houston. He says the reason it’s so successful is down to one main factor - the spectacular scenery. “Skydiving over Carrickfinn, that is the draw for people: the scenery is absolutely stunning. When you’re at 12,000 feet and coming down by parachute, there’s plenty of time to look around at one of the very best views in Ireland.”
If you would like to take part, contact Fintan on 086 048 8592 or email@example.com.