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MMA world champ, Leah McCourt, and friends to take a leap of faith

Published on 14 May 2020

Northern Ireland’s MMA world champion fighter, Leah McCourt, is gearing up for a leap of faith by abseiling the 400 ft. descent down Belfast Castle on Saturday 14 April to support Christian Aid Ireland. Leah will be joined by Rosamond Bennett, Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland, Megan Atcheson, Amy Meehan and Grace Skelly from Glenlola Collegiate School. And they want you to take the leap too.

MMA world champion and Glenlola school girls are up for the Christian Aid Abseil challenge

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The challenge

Christian Aid Ireland is looking for thrill seekers to join them for this exciting abseil down one of Belfast’s most historic buildings. Leah McCourt, said: “Christian Aid’s abseil challenge is going to be an incredible experience and is something amazing to do for those less fortunate. I know and hope that people will join me to take part and donate to help people living in some of the poorest parts of the world. I am thrilled to be able to take on this challenge for such an important cause.”

MMA world champion Leah McCourt prepares to abseil Belfast Castle for Christian Aid

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The cause

Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland, Rosamond Bennett, added: “I am challenging the people of Belfast and Northern Ireland to join myself, Leah and many others on Saturday14 April to descend Belfast Castle. Together we can help vulnerable people in need. 

“A staggering 40 million people globally have had to flee their homes, due to war or natural disasters, in places like Haiti and Colombia. I have met so many courageous women, men and children who face down these challenges with incredible bravery. 
“Along with our partners, we are helping those who have had to endure some of the worst natural disasters on earth to build a stronger life for themselves. Our abseil will raise vital funds, while reminding us that together we are stronger than any storm.” 

The abseil takes place ahead of Christian Aid Week, which runs from Sunday 13 May to Saturday 19 May. This year the charity is asking the kind people of Northern Ireland to support its work in poor countries like Haiti where it has built safer homes and helped families to recover from natural disasters. Haiti was hit by a severe earthquake in 2010 and in 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused widespread devastation.

Will you join Leah McCourt and  Bangors Glenlola schoolgirls Grace, Amy and Cara as they abseil Belfast Castle for Christian Aid

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Register today

Email Christian Aid’s office at or call Tim Reynolds of Christian Aid on 028 9064 8133. Participants are asked to raise or donate a minimum of £60. The person who raises the most amount of money will receive a bumper Fairtrade hamper.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up already. We are looking forward to an 'uplifting' and enjoyable day out with our wonderful supporters!

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