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Face your fears to rebuild the lives of brain injury survivors: Abseil this April

This spring, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland challenges you to face your fears while making a life-changing difference to survivors of brain injury and their families.

Sign up to take part in the unique and exhilarating experience of abseiling 190 feet down the iconic Smithfield Chimney in the heart of Dublin, on Sunday 30th April 2023.

“This the second time supporters will be abseiling in Smithfield for Acquired Brian Injury Ireland,” explains Jonathan Power, Head of Fundraising.

“We had an amazing event there in 2021 with almost 80 people participating on the day. We’d really love to see even more people there this April.

“This challenge is a great way to push your own boundaries while supporting the brain injury survivors we work with”.

‘Abseil for Brain Injury’ will give participants an opportunity to see all of Dublin from one of the best locations in the city, with breath-taking unobstructed views stretching as far as Howth and Killiney.

This huge red brick tower (pictured above) dominates the Smithfield skyline and is the former chimney for the Jameson Distillery.

From there, you’ll have the thrill of abseiling 190 feet to ground level – all while raising vital funds to support those impacted by brain injury to rebuild their lives.

Registration is open now.

Visit:  https://www.abiireland.ie/events/abseil-for-brain-injury-2023 to sign up and begin fundraising.

All money raised will go directly to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

Describing her experience of ‘Abseiling for Brain Injury’, previous participant Kathy McPartland told the organisation that she’s gearing up to take part again!:

“I’m so glad I took part in this fundraising event for acquired brain injury Ireland.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause. I was genuinely scared but loved it – what an adrenaline rush. I’ve met some pretty amazing people through doing this too.”

Galway native Jackson Layton is a survivor of brain injury who also braved the challenge in 2021:

“After sustaining a brain injury myself at the age of 7, I know how important it is that the required resources are made available to those struggling with things like Speech and Language, strength and mobility, general dexterity and motor skills.

One can sustain a brain injury at any age, anywhere, for any number of reasons. Let’s do what we can to make sure the necessary resources are available to as many people as possible!”

19,000 people acquire a brain injury in Ireland each year – that’s 52 people every day.

Brain injuries happen suddenly, often with drastic, life-altering consequences, as the result of strokes, road traffic accidents, falls and assaults.

With the support of donors and fundraisers like this one, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides rehabilitation to survivors and their families so that they can live their fullest lives, with confidence, as part of their communities.

For more information about this and other fundraising opportunities for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland contact Matt Powell, Community Fundraising Coordinator (mpowell@abiireland.ie / 086 410 3681).

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