Reaching the Heights for Women’s Aid

  • 100 hikers brave sub-zero temperatures, rain and wind to climb Lugnaquilla for victims of domestic violence.  
  • Over €42,000 raised for Women’s Aid as part of LugMna challenge, beating previous fundraising record.

Friday, 16th December 2022: 100 hikers from all over Ireland recently descended to Glenmalure Valley in Co Wicklow to take on the annual Lugmo challenge an annual charity hiking event that raises funds for men’s health with over €200,000 raised since the challenge began. The hike is a tough 26km route starting at Glenmalure hiking to Kelly’s lough, a sharp 5km incline to Corrigasleggaun and then on to the summit of Lugnaquilla the highest point in Leinster and back to the starting point Glenmalure.

For the first time since the challenge began 11 years ago the funds raised this year would be for a well-known women’s charity Women’s Aid and the event would now be called LugMna Challenge in honour of all the wonderful women who have helped run the event over the years.

Paul Clarke, one of the organisers of the challenge says: 

“The event itself was by far the worst conditions since the challenge began. -5*c at the of summit of Lugnaquilla 85km wind speeds and nonstop wind driven rain for 7hrs, everyone was soaked to the core. From seasoned hikers to new comers all 100 participants battled through the elements and all arrived safely back at the starting point. A great achievement by all involved.”

Sarah Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid, says: 

“This is an incredible show of support for Women’s Aid and the women we support.  It will help us continue to be there for women in their darkest hours and will help many women go on to lead safer, happier lives free from abuse.”

The grand total raised by the Lugmna team this year is: €42,345 beating the previous record of last year’s total of €38,400.

For more information contact Christina Sherlock 087 9192457 or email