Saturday 7 December 2019

Mizu Santa Dash keeps legacy alive

Grainne Hearty. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics
Grainne Hearty. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics

The tradition set by the late Josephine Hearty's of donating gifts to needy children at Christmas lives on this year as her daughter Grainne takes part in the Mizu Santa Pressie Dash on Sunday.

Grainne had feared that she would be unable to keep up her late mother's tradition of collecting toys for children until she was picked as the winner of Mizu's Operation Transformation competition.

Part of the fabulous prize involved Grainne training with Oak Gym in preparation for taking part in a 5km ahead of 'The Big Reveal' at the end of the eight week programme.

'My mother had donated toys for distribution to needy children for a number of years and I remember at her wake, my sister Elaine and myself felt that this was a legacy which we wouldn't be able to keep up. Now, thanks to Linda Stewart of Mizu, I will be able to do it in her memory which means a lot to me.'

The Mizu Santa Pressie Dash takes place on Sunday morning, leaving The Marshes at 11am. This fun run/walk will follow the same course as the Fitzer 5km and there is also a shorter 2km route for anyone with small children.

Registration continues all week in Mizu and on Saturday from 11am to 5pm in The Marshes Shopping Centre. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to bring along an unwrapped Christmas present suitable for children up to fourteen years of age.

Teas and coffees will be served for participants in The Marshes after the dash, and Grainne will be the special guest as she shows off her transformation at the 'Big Reveal' after party in Courtney's Bar at 5pm.

The Argus