ELDERLY people are set to turn heads in Limerick next month - when they abseil down the a 17-storey hotel building in the city to prove that regardless of age, elderly people can still scale dizzying heights.
The national charity for older people, Age Action, will be hosting this event on Saturday, April 28 at the Clarion Hotel when they aim to break two Guinness World Records – for the oldest person to abseil down 200 feet, and for the greatest number of people to abseil 200 feet in one hour.
Over 90 people have now signed up with eight different charities, both local and national, who are seeking to raise funds for their own respective organisations. Numerous people from Limerick, Tipperary and Clare have already signed up for the challenge, with over 100 expected to take part on the day, between 10am and 5pm. The 75 year-old chief executive of Age Action, Robin Webster, has signed up, though anyone aged over 16 can enter.
Age Action, which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people, organised its first abseil last year when almost 50 people abseiled down the Irish Life offices in Dublin city centre.
One of the oldest abseilers that day was pensioner Dave Henshaw, 71, from Athy, county Kildare.
To take part in this year’s abseil, participants must pay a €65 registration fee and then raise a minimum of €250 for Age Action. In return they will receive full training and equipment for the abseil.
Last year the charity directly helped over 30,000 older people, and urgently needs funds to continue their work. To register, or for further information, contact 01-4756989 or firstname.lastname@example.org