MY NAME is Jennifer Clail. I'm a homemaker with two young children and live in the city centre. I am taking part in this year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon in aid of Habitat for Humanity (HFH), an international, non-profit housing organisation.
My family and I are in the process of becoming HFH Ireland homeowners. Together with my partner, Keith Greene, and our young children, I will soon be moving into our new home in Inchicore.
More than 2,500 hours of volunteer time helped complete the cosmetic work on site, so we have experienced first-hand the great work that HFH does. I would like to help raise some much-needed funds for future projects.
We think the work that HFH does is brilliant. They help families improve their lives by assisting them in obtaining homes. The staff are amazing and guide you through the whole process.
While this is my first time doing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for HFH, it will be my second time to take part in the event.
I will be walking the route with friends who are doing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon to raise funds for different charities. I've been going on walks most days to prepare for the event.
Since 1976, HFH has helped more than 500,000 families, or 2.5 million people, in more than 90 countries around the world, including Ireland. The organisation's mission is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.
It works in partnership with families, communities and volunteers to find local housing solutions to meet the specific needs of each community, building houses with people, not for them. HFH Ireland was founded in 2002 and since then it has sent almost 2,000 volunteers overseas to build houses in partnership with local communities. It has built or renovated 10 homes in Dublin and more than 1,800 people have volunteered on these projects in Ireland.
HFH works together with homeowners and volunteers to construct, renovate, or refurbish homes using donations of money, land and materials. HFH Ireland also works in partnership with Dublin City Council to renovate derelict properties around the city centre. Once completed, houses are sold to partner families at no profit, providing a hand-up rather than a hand-out.
These homes are sold to low-income families to allow them to become first-time homeowners.