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I am originally from Cooley Road, Drimnagh. I have been working in Our Lady's Children's Hospital for the past seven years. My job title is Campaigns Executive; I support people who fundraise for our overseas events, like running the New York or London marathon. I have been fundraising for Our Lady's Children's Hospital since 1992.

"Why? Because I am the mother of four children who at some stage of their lives have attended the A&E and were looked after with great love and care. I was also reared under the umbrella of the hospital and pass Our Lady's practically every day.

"I continued to fundraise for Our Lady's through the Kilometres for Kids campaigns. My motivation now is my grandson who was born in June 2004 and was diagnosed with a heart condition at eight months old.

"He had a Glenn shunt procedure in February 2005 and received wonderful care and attention then, and again in 2009 when he had his last procedure.

"He is now a fine young boy coming up to eight years old and doing what most eight-year-old boys do.

I have not missed the Flora Women's Mini Marathon since 1990. That year I lost a lot of weight through healthy eating and exercise. My main exercise was walking and I decided to complete the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for the first time.

In previous years I had spectated at this event but my fitness held me back. So, to do the mini marathon in 1990 was a great achievement for me. From then on I continued with my walking exercise. I train all year round. In 1992 I set up a local Meet & Train group in Kingswood Heights in Tallaght where I live now. The group of 25 ladies meets every Tuesday and Thursday and our goal is to be fit for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. It is also a social meeting where lots of friendships have been made.

The Flora Women's Mini Marathon is a great day for the women of Ireland. Everyone is out there competing for their own reason and charity. You don't have to be a top athlete to compete as everyone encourages you along the way.

This year I plan to fast jog and will be joined by my group. I am also leading the event at work and hope to be joined by the CMRF (Children's Medical Research Foundation) team. We have had a huge response to our 'Help us fix Crumlin Hospital' campaign. This year we have pledged €4m for the rebuild of our cardiac unit which is very badly needed and €4m to upgrade St John's ward -- our cancer ward.

I have great faith in the mammies of Ireland and that they will help us reach this goal. So, if you have not decided on you charity for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, perhaps you could help by joining the CMRF TEAM. Just call the office on 01 709 1718 or see www.cmrf.org.


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