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Sunday 17 December 2017

Geraldine's charity drive as Apprentice Breff cashes in

APPRENTICE star Geraldine O'Callaghan has refused to "judge" fellow contestant Breffny Morgan's scheme to charge schoolchildren for advice on how to get ahead.

But Geraldine (26), who is gearing up for a major charity drive in aid of Temple Street Hospital, said the school tour was not something she would do.

Breffny Morgan and Stephen Higgins last week revealed plans to charge pupils €5 each for a series of talks about their experiences.

"They can use their 15 minutes of fame whatever way they want, I wouldn't judge them for it," Geraldine said. "But it wouldn't be something I would be doing."

The Dubliner, who has been appearing as a panellist on TV3's Midday show, is optimistic about several job interviews she has lined up in coming weeks.

And the reality star, who was unemployed when she appeared on The Apprentice, is looking forward to giving something back to the hospital that treated her after she suffered horrific burns in a childhood accident.



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She recently revealed how she battled for her life in intensive care and still has extensive scarring across her back.

Geraldine plans to travel across the US's famous Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson in order to raise up to €15,000 for the hospital.

The entrepreneur, who hails from Dublin's Lower Sean McDermott Street, has been touched by the local community's response to her charity.

"This is something close to my heart and I'm glad I'm able to use my public profile to give a little bit back," she said.

"Temple Street is an integral part of the community. I don't want to be just another socialite, I want to put the fact that I have a recognisable face to good use."

Meanwhile, she admitted she was nervous about the upcoming US trek after her recent "induction day", when she first got to grips with the idea of driving a motorbike from Chicago to LA.

"I've never even been on a motorbike in my life, so I am a bit nervous. But I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie so I'm looking forward to it as well," she added.

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