Santas give gift of €18,000 to charity
OVER 100 Santas braved torrential rain to pound the streets of Dundalk last Friday morning, all in aid of a good cause of course!
The Santa Run, organised by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, was a sponsored event featuring a host of local businesses who nominated staff and volunteers to take part. Having not let the weather dampen their spirits, local businessman Jimmy Cumiskey said he was delighted to see so many people turning up for the fun run.
'We sent out a text this morning to everyone who had signed up saying that it would be going ahead rain, hail or snow! So thankfully they all listened and came out to support the event,' said Jimmy.
This is the first year the Santa run is being held in Dundalk, and the €18,000 raised from sponsorship will benefit three local charities, including Men's Sheds, SOSAD and the Birches Day Care Centre.
Jennifer Greene, Chairperson of Dundalk Town Council, added that she was delighted to take part in the Santa Run for the first time.
' The weather made it a bigger challenge for everyone, but there is a great atmosphere as we all get ready for the start.
'Unfortunately I haven't been able to get much training done ahead of the run, so hopefully I'll make it round the circuit!' Paddy Malone, chamber president added: 'It is great to see so many people here today, despite the rain. We are delighted at the great response, and are hoping to see it become an annual event.'
He paid tribute to Michael Farrelly, from the Chamber, who organised the event.
' This Santa run has been running in Newry for many years, and has been a huge success, proving also to be a great charity event, with more and more people taking part every year,' said Michael.
He added that the Christmas lunch on Friday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel also added to the chamber's fundraising efforts.
'All the guests at the dinner brought along a toy, which they added to the toy mountain the Crowne Plaza,' said Michael.