Next Friday, March 16, will see local businessman Gerry McCormack, owner of Proglass Windscreens undertaking a 48 hour fast with a difference.
The skyline of Carrick-on-Shannon will be altered to accommodate Gerry in his glass cube, hoisted 50 metres above the Shannon at the Moon River Car Park for all to see. At midday on Friday, Gerry will enter the box, before a crane sponsored by Terry Hunter of ICCH elevates him to the skies where he will remain until Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, ahead of the event. Gerry said: “I’m really looking forward to the event and I am calling on as many volunteers as possible to get involved.”
These volunteers will carry out a pavement collection around the streets of Carrick on Shannon from 10am to 6pm over the weekend and Gerry is hoping to raise in the region of w5,000 to fund his third trip to Haiti this coming May. This year’s trip will be a joint venture between the Haven foundation and Oxfam. “It costs about w3,000 to build a house over there and along with other volunteers all over the country, we hope to build about 50 houses in Haiti”, he continued.
Gerry thanked the local Gardai, Leitrim County Council and Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce for their co-operation and support. “Without these groups behind me, I would not be able to do this”, he said.
If anyone would like to volunteer their time to help out with this event please contact Gerry at 086-2526374. More details of the Build It Week can be found on Haven’s website www.havenpartnership.org or search Hanging Out For Haiti on Facebook.