Tuesday 20 February 2018

Marathon 100 Team gives €20k to fund for Hospice

Members of the organising committee with some of the participants in the Dublin Marathon
Members of the organising committee with some of the participants in the Dublin Marathon

Last Thursday night in the Glendalough Hotel a cheque for €20,000 was presented to Dr. Brendan Cuddihy, Chairperson Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

This was the amount raised by the Wicklow Hospice Marathon 100 Team through its participation in last month's Dublin City Marathon. In total, over the last four years team has raised €200,000 through taking part in the Dublin Marathon, the Flora Ladies' 10K and the Seven Day Seven Marathon Challenge.

Dr. Cuddihy pointed out that the Foundation's target of raising €3 million has almost been achieved. He went on to say that if the very generous the donation of €1 million is taken out of the equation, of the €2 million raised over the last four years, the Wicklow Hospice Marathon 100 Team will have raised one tenth of the total.

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation was set up by the people of Wicklow with the aim of building a hospice and providing palliative care for the people of Wicklow. Much of the €200,000 raised by the marathon team consisted of €5 and €10 sponsorship. It just goes to prove that 'every little helps'.

It was Parnell AC man Bill Porter's idea in 2010 to get a group of people to run, jog or walk the Dublin City Marathon ... as a once off. Anyone who knows Bill realises that he doesn't understand the concept of 'no'. Although Bill has said that 2013 was the last outing of the Marathon 100 Team, nobody really believes him! In the meantime the committee is busy planning a 10K and half marathon to be run of Saturday February 22 around the grounds of Avondale House and Forest Park. For further details see Seven Day Seven Marathon Challenge on Facebook or contact Bill in Avondale Sports and Leisure, main Street Rathdrum, or call him on 0404-43250.

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