A COLLECTION of some of Wexford's biggest sporting heroes including Olympic heroes Billy Walsh and Adam Nolan and camogie legends Ursula Jacob, Karen Atkinson and Mary and Una Leacy, gathered at the 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy on Friday to launch the Hope and Dream 10-mile run.
The collection of sporting stars were encouraging people from all over Wexford, from part-time joggers to serious runners, to hit the roads around Enniscorthy and run 10 miles for a great cause. The event, which is in its second year, raises vital funds for the Share a Dream Foundation and the Hope Cancer Support Centre and will be hoping to build on the success of this year's run. Chairman, Tom Herlihy welcomed everyone to the event and spoke of how the idea has grown. He said, 'It started out as a farfetched notion between two mad friends on a Sunday morning run and grew to be one of the largest charitable events in the county. The success of last year's event has spurred the organising committee to make this year's event bigger and better.'
Hope and Dream 10 2013 will take place on March 24 and the committee are aiming to improve on this year's tally by raising €150,000, hoping that 1,500 people will take part and raise €100 each.
Margo Kehoe and Shay Kinsella, representatives of both charities spoke on the night, echoing each other in their gratitude to the organising committee and to the people who raise the money. Both spoke of how the injection of funds they obtained last year allowed them to provide much improved services and explained the real need for their charity, outlining how much of an impact their charities can have on families.
Next to speak was boxing coach Billy Walsh, who described the organisers of the run as ' real heroes.'
He said, 'I would encourage everyone with running shoes in Wexford and surrounding counties, to get training and help and support this worthwhile event.' Billy then rang the ceremonial bell to officially launch the event to rapturous applause.
To sign up for the run, or to get more information, please log onto www.hopeanddream10.com