April 2 was an amazing day!
And donations remain open until the end of May!
No, this is not poetry, but it is pretty epic, don’t you think!?
Charlie Bird has never flown higher. The most famous Irish news journalist of his era immediately went out and raised $2.5 million for motor neuron disease research efforts after he learned he had contracted the deadly disease himself.
There was no retreat into the shadows, no “woe is me” lament. Rather, there was a full on response taking aim at the disease for which there is no cure.
Bird rounded up thousands of Irish to support the cause, and many of them tackled climbing Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo alongside him on Saturday.
Croagh Patrick is a 2,500 feet steep mountain, fourth highest in the province of Connacht and a tough enough test for the fittest of men and women.
Charlie may have motor neuron disease but it didn’t stop him reaching the peak, both of the mountain and perhaps his life, by making it to the top unaided.
Read the entire article to learn more about Charlie’s career as a journalist in Ireland and the valuable work he did before he retired. This sheds some light on how and why he could bring so many together so quickly to causes important to him and to them. Fascinating!
Thanks from Charlie
Read all about this amazing project at Climbing Croagh Patrick with Charlie Bird!
People like Charlie Bird give me hope.
And I hope his future is as bright and lovely as this project of generosity, compassion, and love has been. heart
Thanks to Irish Central for the fantastic photo of Charlie climbing his mountain. smile