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OMC Climbs 2024 – Carrauntohill

OMC Claims is thrilled to announce the launch of our marquee fundraising event, OMC Climbs 2024. This is a fantastic opportunity to tick off that bucket list item of climbing Ireland’s highest mountain while raising funds for a great cause.

We invite all our colleagues from the Fexco Group, friends from the Irish insurance world, and our partners to join us in an exhilarating hike up Carrauntoohil. This event promises to be both challenging and rewarding, offering breathtaking views and a great sense of accomplishment.

Why We’re Climbing

For the next three years, OMC Claims has partnered with Special Olympics Ireland, an organisation that supports over 7,000 athletes across the island of Ireland. Many of our team members have been deeply inspired by the athletes and volunteers of Special Olympics Ireland, and this partnership reflects our commitment to giving back to the community. So far this year, our team has undertaken several individual fundraising challenges, including a 63km ultra marathon, a 24-hour cycle, and a month of ice-cold dips in the Irish Sea. These efforts have raised over €8,000 for Special Olympics Ireland and have generated immense support and positive energy within OMC Claims. We are now eager to extend this positivity beyond our team to our colleagues and partners.

Event Details

Date: August 17, 2024
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Meeting Point: Fexco Office Car Park, Killorglin
Hike Length and Ascent: 15 km with an ascent of 990 meters
Registration Fee: €60
Fundraising Goal: Minimum of €300 per participant via our JustGiving page

Route Overview:

  • Starting Point: Cronin’s Yard, a well-known base for Carrauntoohil ascents.
  • Hike Through The Hag’s Glen: A picturesque valley offering a gentle introduction.
  • Climb The Devil’s Ladder: The most challenging section leading to the saddle below the summit cone.
  • Summit Carrauntoohil: Celebrate with lunch, enjoy the views, and take photos.
  • Descent: Follow the Zig Zag trail back to Cronin’s Yard.

After the hike, we will return to the Fexco Office and head to Kingstons in Killorglin for a post-hike celebration and one of their famous Italian-style pizzas.

Preparation and Safety

This hike is rated as difficult and requires previous hiking experience or a basic level of fitness. It is a fully guided hike, and participants must stay with the group and guides throughout the day. We have prepared a a full guide to hiking to the peak of Ireland’s highest mountain, along with training tips from the experts at North West Adventure Tours, who partner with Special Olympics each year for their Tripeaks Challenge.

How to Join

To participate, please register for the event by paying the €60 registration fee: HERE

We also ask that all participants raise a minimum of €300 via our JustGiving page. Setting up your fundraising page on JustGiving is straightforward and ensures that funds go directly to Special Olympics Ireland.

YOU CAN DO THAT HERE

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jim Flannery or Rob O’Brien. Both are taking part on the day and will be more than happy to assist you.

Support and Acknowledgments

Our new MD, Liam Ryan, has already signed up, reaffirming OMC Claims’ commitment to this cause. We are proud to have raised significant funds through our events so far and are excited to continue this momentum with your help.

Join Us and Make a Difference

We are very much looking forward to seeing you on the day for this exciting challenge. By participating, you are not only taking on a personal challenge but also supporting the incredible athletes of Special Olympics Ireland. Together, we can make a significant impact and enjoy an unforgettable adventure.

If you’re unable to participate but still wish to contribute, you can make a donation here

Thank You!

The OMC Climbs Team