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Irishman skis to the South Pole for the Greater Chernobyl Cause

Friday, 21st December, 2012 9:42am
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Irishman skis to the South Pole for the Greater Chernobyl Cause

Niall Carton

The spirit of polar explorers is alive and the South Pole dazzles minds as strong as it did when Scott and Amundsen reached it first in 1912.

A century later, the small Irish/Russian team is ready for an expedition which aims to reach the very heart of Antarctica

Irish man Niall Carton and his two friends Alexey Borichev and Alexander Zozulya will depart from Punta Arenas, Chile, in early January to fly to the Union Glacier Basecamp in Antarctica. After a short accommodation the team will fly further to 89 degree of the south latitude and start skiing towards the South Pole – a distance of about 111km (60 miles), and aims to reach the Pole on the 14th January.

Speaking from Moscow Niall says: ‘With temperatures as cold as -40C (-40F), strong winds and altitudes varying from 2,500m to 3,000m the trip is very demanding to the physical conditions and equipment. This is exactly the reason we started training and preparation already in summer which included gym, swimming, squash, boxing, running and trekking.

‘We also want to dedicate this adventure and effort to support the work of The Greater Chernobyl Cause and their work at Ivanovskoye Hospice in Kostroma, Russia – the last shelter for the old and infirm, which was cut from the government support in 2010 and patients were left to the mercy of fate.’

Niall has worked in ING for over 15 years. He spent 10 years in London in various roles within the Market Risk management department and almost 5 years in Moscow heading up the financial markets department. Niall’s comments: It has always been a dream of mine to go to the North Pole and although I never expected to realize it I did it! It was a great opportunity to test my own limitations, drive and is a huge physical and mental challenge. To be able to realize a dream and at the same time raise money for a good cause like the Tula Orphanage was too good an opportunity to turn down. I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to go again this year but this time the South Pole.

This year I will also dedicate my adventure to a great cause and you can read more about the project below. Please join me in making this a very special journey by following us on our blog and sending messages of support and also making it an extra special journey by supporting us on our charity fundraising by donating.

Niall is appealing for support in their effort – these donations would be a massive help to those who are the most in need and defenseless ... and wish us all best luck! You can help by logging on to


or contact Fiona Corcoran The Greater Chernobyl Cause, Unit 4 South Side Industrial Estate, Pouladuff Rd, Togher, Cork. Tel: 021 4323276; 087 9536133. email:fiona@greaterchernobylcause.ie. www.greaterchernobylcause.ie