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Getting fit to raise funds for MS

My name is Sarah Gallagher. I am from Rathfarnham and live in Knocklyon with my husband and two daughters. I work as a management consultant. This year I am doing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in aid of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland. This is a charity that provides amazing support for people with MS and I try to contribute when I can.

MS Ireland is a fantastic charity which offers people living with MS a number of services, including individual and family support, living with MS programmes, a respite and therapy centre for people with MS, as well as counselling and research.

I have raised money for MS Ireland before and have taken part in bag-packing fundraising days for the charity. I also did the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for MS Ireland last year and it was a fantastic day. Everyone was in great spirits. What I enjoyed most was running over the finish line and knowing that I had raised money for such a great charity.

With working and having two small children, it is difficult to get time to train but I am going out and getting some exercise three times a week to build up my fitness level. I get out for a run as often as I can. My time may not be the quickest on the day, but I am delighted to take part and I will do my best to get over the finish line as quickly as I can.

I walked The Flora Women's Mini Marathon last year but feel fitter this year so I will jog as much of it as I can. My fabulous girlfriends Alwyn, Lorrainne and Bridget will be joining me on the day. We are really looking forward to it.

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological condition that can affect a person's health, lifestyle and relationships. More than 7,000 people and families in Ireland live with multiple sclerosis, but many find ways to manage and cope.

MS Ireland provides a range of services and resources to people with MS, their family members, employers and health professionals. The aim of the organisation is to provide "timely, sensitive and accurate information and support to help address or minimise the impact MS may have". Teams of regional workers provide one-to-one and group support, while 39 voluntary branches provide opportunities to socialise and avail of services.

Today, May 30 is World MS Day. WMSD was launched in 2009 and last year had more than 200 activities taking place in more than 73 countries worldwide.

For more information on MS Ireland or events taking place for World MS Day, go to www.ms-society.ie


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