Monaghan man and microwave to hitchhike around Ireland to raise awareness for mental health
Yes, you read that right.
While you might not be able to say that Ireland has an extensive history of people hitchhiking around the country while lugging about kitchen appliances, it certainly has something of a track record in this area.
First, there was the writer and comedian Tony Hawks, who brought a fridge with him around Ireland in order to win a £100 bet back in the late '90s.
It resulted in one book, Round Ireland With A Fridge, and now, a man from Monaghan, has taken inspiration from the book by attempting a similar feat. This time, however, it's with a microwave and all the proceeds are going to charity.
Diarmuid McCleary kickstarts his "Microwave Express" on Friday, 6 April in support of Jigsaw -the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
Starting in Ballinasloe, Galway, McCleary will be attempting to hitchhike across all 32 counties, while carrying a microwave and no money whatsoever.
"I will be travelling alone with one rucksack and be relying completely on the kindness of strangers to survive as I will have no food or place to stay," McCleary said.
I’m going to attempt to hitch-hike to every county in Ireland with no money while carrying a Microwave. 32 counties 1 microwave €0 The challenge will start a week today on Friday April 6th as I leave Galway heading West. I will be traveling alone with with one rucksack and be relying completely on the kindness of strangers to survive as I will have no food or place to stay. The aim of the event is raise money and awareness for Jigsaw a mental health charity. I’m going to be using this account to document the trip so be prepared to see a lot of countryside and talking microwaves. I will be renaming this account starting soon Incase your wondering. Also expect some weird images tonight (will make sense later) The inspiration for this comes from one of my favorite books about a man who hitch hikes with a fridge. If you would like to know more please search for The Microwave Express on Facebook as I will Be launching it tomorrow. ? #themicrowaveexpress #ireland #adventure #microwave #eire #travel #travelireland #irish #irishman #irishpride
He is also accepting donations to the cause via his GoFundMe page, with the objective of raising €1,000.
"If you make a large donation of €100 I will try my best to complete and weird requests you have, i.e. go to a random place."
Jigsaw has 13 hubs across the country, which provide young people, aged 12-25, with a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. Their early intervention model helps young people before they reach the point of acquiring a formal mental health diagnosis. For more information visit their official website here.