Big4In24 Challenge, Supported by Decathlon Ireland

Decathlon Ireland are proud to support the exceptional Big4In24 Challenge in aid of Little Blue Heroes. Read the blog to discover more.
Decathlon Ireland
September 20, 2023


The #big4in24 is a 4 Peaks Challenge by 7 Donegal climbers in aid of Little Blue Heroes. Sharon Ward, Paddy Robinson, Don Pearson, Cathal McGettigan, Fiona McGinley, Damien Rodgers & Paddy Browne will be climbing the highest peak in each Irish province on June 25th - 26th 2022 within 24 hours, with all proceeds raised going to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation. 

The Challenge includes:

The highest peak in Ulster, Donard (850m tall)

The highest peak in Munster, Carrantuohill (1038m tall)

The highest peak in Leinster , Lugnaquilla (925m tall)

The highest peak in Leinster, Mweelrea (814m tall)


Little Blue Heroes Foundation is a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by volunteers (with no paid staff). It is made up of Garda members/staff, retired Garda members, their families, friends and civic minded people from communities. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness. 

The name ‘Little Blue Heroes’ came about when we found that the vast amount of the children we support have a strong fascination with police uniform, equipment, vehicles, Garda units, etc. This has even led some of the children to make a wish to become an Honorary Garda and become part of the Garda family. As heroes to us with the battles they face, these children have become Little Blue Heroes. 

There are 136 Little blue heroes in Ireland and 14 in Donegal which will greatly benefit from the funds raised by the Big4in24 this June. 


The team of 7 is compiled with a range of fitness levels and hiking experiences. They have gathered the essentials for the tough challenge recently from Decathlon Ireland and have plenty more support across Ireland from their family and friends including Roz Purcell (The Hike Life) who is also supporting the Big4in24 and Little Blue Heroes.

The team have already begun their fundraising journey for Little Blue Heroes with a range of Family events and even support from local transition year students of Loreto CS Milford Secondary School who have also raised funds.

The Team have expressed their gratitude for all of the support so far, including thanks to Decathlon Ireland for joining as a sponsor, donating to the Little Blue Heroes and inviting the team down to the store to help kit the team out for the challenge. 

They said:

“We had the most amazing day and met the lovely team , including  Eimante the hiking manager who especially helped answer any questions we had and also helped kit us out with some essential gear.

Massive thanks to Eimante, Graham, Nicole and the whole team at Decathlon Ireland.”

You can follow along on the big4in24’s Instagram account.

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