Karl Spain reaches new heights for charity

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A DOCUMENTARY following Limerick comedian Karl Spain’s bid to conquer one of the world’s tallest mountains will be broadcast on RTÉ television next week.

A DOCUMENTARY following Limerick comedian Karl Spain’s bid to conquer one of the world’s tallest mountains will be broadcast on RTÉ television next week.

Karl and seven other celebrities embarked on the challenge last October as part of the Climb for Kids Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge, in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

The hour-long documentary, which has been produced and directed by Michael Sheridan, follows Karl, Darren Holden, Alan Shortt, Síle Seoige, Kathryn Thomas, Jenny Buckley, Ruth Scott and Paul Byrne during the week-long trek.

Each day the team trekked for an average of seven hours through forest, semi-desert and alpine desert before taking on stone scree and reaching Kilimanjaro’s ice-capped summit.

At 19,340 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.

Biting winds, altitude sickness and subzero temperatures are just some of the challenges which the celebrities faced to reach the summit and for many it is an emotional journey of self discovery on the way.

Karl Spain says the whole experience was worthwhile.

“When I accepted the challenge, I knew it was going to be tough but nothing quite prepares you for the enormity of it until you get to Africa and you’re actually doing it,” he said.

“It was gruelling but every day I thought about the kids in Crumlin and the benefit this challenge would have for them,” he added.

Joe Quinsey, CEO of the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin paid tribute to the celebrities and those who travelled with them

“We were overwhelmed by our 28 climbers who generously gave their time to this project. In particular to the celebrities who took time out of their busy schedules for our kids,” he said adding. “The money raised through this Climb for Kids project will make a huge difference to the lives of children in our hospital. We can’t thank everyone enough.”

The Climb for Kids – Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge, which is narrated by Hollywood star, Colin Farrell will be broadcast on RTÉ One television at 9.30pm on Monday, July 18.