Keara begs, borrows and steals to reach Berlin

Keara took part in the DCU challenge for charity

Keara begs, borrows and steals to reach Berlin

Keara Leduc and her team-mate Yassine Rouze were among hundreds of Dublin City University students who raced to Berlin on February 10.

The aim of the game? To reach Berlin within 24 hours without any money, relying only on the kindness of strangers, and to raise funds for the Movember campaign.

Keara, a granddaughter of Killoe native Kitty Hughes, and Yassine, otherwise known as Team The Koople, started their day by going to Dublin City Centre and back to DCU to raise some funds for the charity, before they headed for the airport.

“The first destination we had chosen among the three possible options was London,” Keara told the Leader, explaining that they took a picture at their first checkpoint, Buckingham Palace, before getting a night bus to Paris from Victoria station.

The students, who are both natives of France, then went to the Eiffel Tower, the second checkpoint.

“The previous evening, while we were on the bus, we found a flight for Berlin at 9.30am but we didn’t have enough money to book it so we called some contacts who offered to buy the tickets for us,” Keara continued.

“Therefore we went straight to Charles De Gaulle Airport and flew to Berlin. We arrived at 11.30am in the city and were at the Brandenburg Gates at 12pm, the final line.”

In the end, The Koople arrived seventh out of approximately 60 teams and Keara added that while they were sad that the competition had ended, they were glad to get a plane home and get some sleep.

“Our team managed to raise around €300 but overall €50 000 was raised for Movember and the Irish Cancer Society,” Keara revealed.

The duo enjoyed the trip and though they thankfully didn’t get into “too much trouble”, there was one memory which stood out - the kindness of the people they met.

“The trip wouldn’t have been possible without all those people who helped us on the day and we are so thankful for that because they helped us to show that young students were actually able to do something inspiring,” Keara concluded.