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Athea fundraiser raises a cool €30,000 for charity

Cheque presentation to Ronald McDonald House

A fundraiser event held back in October of last year has managed to successfully raise €30,000 for its chosen charity, the Ronald McDonald House.

The 'Athea Runs Faster In Stripes' fundraiser is one which feels like it has been around forever, such is the hype that preceded it and how successful it was on the day itself and its legacy afterwards.

That October day comprised of a 5k fun run which saw runners and walkers decked out in their best 'Where's Wally/Ronald McDonald' outfit.

The presentation of this cheque to Ronald McDonald House charity is a bittersweet moment for everyone involved in the fundraiser as it marked the end of months and months of working on the project.

"We were delighted to travel to Ronald McDonald House on Sunday last to deliver the cheque for €30,000, proceeds from our fundraising weekend last October. A plaque has been erected in the current building engraved 'Athea Community Limerick' and we look forward to visiting the 'Athea Room' in the near future," said Damien Ahern, one of the organisers of the event.

"Regrettably, we have placed the final piece of the 'Athea Runs Faster in Stripes Jigsaw', but the legacy of the event will last forever," he said.

The Ronald McDonald House was very much a charity close to the heart of many in Athea with many in the community have used the service in the past including the Kiely family who said that "allowing our family a space to recharge our batteries and focus on what is important - being by being our child's bedside."

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