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Saturday 20 January 2018

Cadets brave the cold on cancer run

Eoghan MacConnell

WIND and freezing rain proved no deterrent to 18 brave Army cadets who are running 184km from Kildare to Galway in aid of a cancer charity for kids.

The 88th Irish Defence Forces cadet class donned pink bibs for the run in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie – a charity set up to support families dealing with childhood cancer.

Aoibheann Norman from Meath was just eight when she passed away from an extremely rare form of cancer in 2010.

Having expressed an interest in the Army, Aoibheann was invited to Gormanstown where the Army showed her around and "she was inaugurated into the Irish Army as a private".

The cadets set out from the Curragh at 6am yesterday and stayed in Custume Barracks, Athlone, last night.

They will run from Athlone through Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Craughwell before arriving at Eyre Square at around 5pm today.

Irish Independent

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