Monday, March 22, 2021

A Mayo teenager has undertaken a phenomenal fundraiser that will see her complete 38,750 skips during the month of March.

Ballina secondary school student Caoimhe Reape (17) has devised her Skip to the Beat challenge to raise funds for Ballina’s voluntary Order of Malta ambulance corps.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Greenhills Estate, is a 5th year student and has been a member of the Ballina unit of the Order of Malta for 8 years:

“It’s been a big part of my life. I mostly enjoy it for the social aspect but being able to help people when they need it is a nice thing too,” she told the Western People.

Caoimhe’s Skip to the Beat challenge commenced on Monday, March 1 with her completing 500 skips and she has added an extra 50 skips every day since then.

By March 31 she will have worked up to 2,000 skips a day, bringing her total for the month to 38,750 skips.

And a growing portion of the community is now skipping to Caoimhe’s beat thanks to the introduction of a nomination element to the challenge.

Caoimhe admits that the skipping is not as easy as it looks.

She’s enduring aching muscles daily and has lost lots of weight too.

Fitting her daily skips in around her study and Order of Malta obligations is also proving a struggle but she takes her skipping rope out whenever she has time including during her lunch break in school.

Caoimhe is determined to raise as much money as she can to help purchase a new ambulance for her Order of Malta unit and says she is grateful for all of the support she has received from local businesses and the community.

You can support her by donating via the link below

Below is footage supplied by Caoimhe of her skipping with fellow members of the Ballina Order of Malta Unit and on her own.

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