Longford student blagging her way to Cork for charity

Emma Greene and Rachel McGrath who will be competing in the 'Rebel Run'.

Emma Greene and Rachel McGrath who will be competing in the 'Rebel Run'.

A Longford student will join 39 other students from DCU this Friday, April 11, as they test their powers of persuasion by trying to ‘blag’ their way 255km across the country.

The ‘Race to the Rebel County’ will see 20 teams of two attempting to get from Dublin to Cork without spending any money while also hoping to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.

Emma Greene from Edgeworthstown, accompanied by Rachel McGrath from Sligo, make up one of the teams volunteering as a part of DCU’s ESOC event. The girls will ‘beg, borrow, or steal’ their way to Cork in any way they can.

Speaking about the experience, Emma told the Leader, “We have never done anything like this before, and when we heard it was happening, and that it was for the Irish Cancer Society we wanted to get involved.”

At 10am on Friday morning, the teams will take off on their adventure without having a pre-arranged plan in place.

“The rules are we are not allowed to pre-organise how we get there. We are hoping on the day people will give us a few euro. Hopefully we will get some free train and bus journeys if we explain to the station managers what we are doing.”

There are four check points along the way each team have to pass through maling it impossible to finish the journey in one stint.

Emma explained, “one of the most exciting things is that we are not told the check points until the day. We will be told at 10am Friday our first one and when we sign-in there we will be told the next one.”

To make it even more challenging, the teams are not allowed to use two of the same modes of transport consecutively.

“We have been raising money since Friday and have raised €440 to date, we hope to raise €600 in total,” Emma concluded.




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