Legendary broadcaster Charlie Bird has raised over €3.3m for good causes following his Climb With Charlie campaign.
He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year, and climbed Croagh Patrick with family and friends in April to raise funds for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and Pieta House.
Thousands of people joined him on the day on Croagh Patrick and on almost 200 other climbs in Ireland and around the world.
Charlie, his wife Claire and pet Tiger presented a cheque worth €3,376,000 in Merrion Square in Dublin.
“None of us knows what is around the corner for any of us. Last October, I was diagnosed with a terminal illness and I have had many dark days since then. But remarkably, this morning is one of the happiest days of my life,” Charlie said.
IMNDA say they are blown away by the generosity of the Irish people.
“From all in the IMNDA we are blown away by the support and generosity of absolutely everyone who got involved with Climb with Charlie. We cannot thank everyone enough – there are simply no words to describe the gratitude, love and appreciation we have for the thousands of people in this great country and around the world that extended the hand of friendship and supported this extraordinary climb.
“To Charlie, Claire and Tiger – what you have achieved, in such a short period is momentous. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your courage, spirit and friendship. To raise that kind of money is almost unfathomable,” they wrote in a social media post.