Denzil in marathon fundraising effort

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

An occupational therapist who works in Saplings School for Children with Autism in Graiguecullen is about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in order to raise funds for a cause that is extremely close to his heart. South African native Denzil Jacobs will be attempting to run twelve marathons in twelve days this month in order to raise funds for autism.

Denzil says that the reason he is taking on this challenge in particular is because people with autism face their own marathon every day of their lives.

'I'm taking on this challenge because I have seen and recognised first hand the difficulties families living with autism are faced with on a daily basis,' said Denzil. 'I firmly believe one must be a "doer" and not a complainer or onlooker, I have decided once again to do something to try and help those in need.'

Denzil says that he loves his job at Saplings and has met some great people along the way and he is delighted to be able to help raise funds to help these people and many more all around the country.

'Autism has a very special place in my heart and soul, and I must say it's due to the autism community that I can wake up every morning with joy and thankfulness to go to work,' he said. 'I love my job. I don't see my role as an Occupational Therapist as just a job, but as an opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child and their families living with autism.'

Denzil will start his marathon challenge in Carlow on August 19 and will run a marathon in every county in Leinster over a twelve day period, finishing in Tullamore Co Offaly on August 30. He's hoping to raise quite a bit of money for this worthy cause and is even inviting people to run alongside him. For more details on Denzil's grueling challenge or to make a donation, please visit www.denzils12in12.ie.

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