Dublin Simon Community Hikes

Namibian Desert Challenge

Thanks for Taking Part!

Namibian Desert Challenge - 7th to the 15th of September 2012

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Namibian Desert Challenge. The Dublin Simon Team trekked through the wilderness in some of Namibia’s least populated and most scenic areas in the week long trek from the 7th to the 15th of September 2012.  Keep an eye on www.dubsimon.ie for details on future hikes. For further information contact our fundraising team on (01) 6715551 or email fundraising@dubsimon.ie

Please view the itinerary for further details.

Hike for Dublin's Homeless

Since 2000 we have taken over 700 hikers to exotic locations worldwide and to the four corners of Ireland raising nearly €3 million in the process. Participants are of all ages, all levels of fitness, and come from all walks of life. Our hikes create a unique team spirit in overcoming the challenge and working together to fight homelessness.

Taking part in a Hike for the Homeless will be a life changing experience for you and for the people who are homeless who benefit from your fundraising and hiking efforts. Funds raised from our hikes go directly into the services and facilities provided by the Dublin Simon Community.

Dublin Simon Community hikes operate a responsible tourist policy our mantra being; “Take only photographs leave only footprints”

Your recommendations

If you have an idea for a hike please let us know. If you would like to become a member of our hikers committee and help devise, plan and implement hikes please let us know. We hold regular hiker committee meetings, which we find invaluable in order to help us create exciting & successful adventures. For more information e-mail fundraising@dubsimon.ie

Pick Your Own Hike

If you can't sign up for any of the above, would you be interested in one of our Open Challenges with Across the Divide? These challenges range from 7 to 22 days and there's something to suit everybody. All of these challenges are graded in terms of difficulty, so you can pick the one that best suits you. All you have to do is pay a registration fee, plus insurance and sponsorship for the trip of a lifetime.
For more information please click here, or contact our Fundraising team on (01) 6715551.

Organise your own hike

If you are in a walking club or are a keen hill walker, why not organize your own hike. In 2007 a group of hikers organized the Seven Peaks Challenge. Summating seven peaks in Ireland and the UK, the hikers raised in excess of €20,000 for Dublin Simon. This grueling challenge took in Lugnaguilla, Carrintouhill, Mweerlea, Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon over an eight day period.


Be proud of what you are doing. Taking on one of these hikes is no mean feat, so let others know about what you are up to! Being upbeat and enthusiastic about your fundraising will lead to success. If at first (with one idea) you do not succeed, try and try again! Others will want to support you if your events sound fun.

Have the nerve to ask others to help you. You will be surprised with the results. Remember that this is a team challenge. Once you are signed up we will give you the names of the other participants to train with and share fundraising ideas. We are just a phone call away and are here to help and support you every step of the way on the adventure of a life time.

It will be worth it when your efforts have made a real difference to Dublin’s homeless. Over 300 people sleep rough in Dublin every night of the year. Taking on a challenge will not only be a memorable and exciting experience it will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable that live on our streets.

What Simon Hikers Said

"You will be very glad you did it and your life will be richer for having done it. In one word unforgettable!" (Sorcha O'Horain, Safari Desert Hiker)

"Hiking and camping in the Sahara was a tremendous experience - and though it could only bring home to us some of the problems faced by homeless people, it gave us great satisfaction to know that the funds raised would help people who have no place to call home 365 days a year." (Harry Lorton, C.E. Permanent TSB, Sahara Hiker)

"It is great fundraising for Dublin Simon, people are so interested and willing to help" (Pepe Martinez, Sahara, Namibia and China)

"Excellent - All Simon staff were brilliant and never stopped motivating us. The actual places were amazing and other-worldy and we were looked after magnificently." -
(Adam Hyland, China)


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