The 100k in 30 Days fundraiser organised by Blackrock couple Niall Carroll and Cara McAdams has topped €1million once again, making it a hat-trick.
This is the third year in a row that the event in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland has captured the hearts of the public, not just in Ireland but around the world, raising over €1million each time.
This year 11,186 participants clocked up a total of 773,989kms during the month of June, raising €1,026,224 by the end of the month.
Blackrock businessman Niall Carroll, who launched the event in 2020 after his wife Cara had been diagnosed with breast cancer the previous year, says they are delighted with the response to this year’s event.
"We got great support, particularly in Co Louth which topped the leader-board for the amount of people taking part,” he says. “We had 2,300 runners and walkers in Louth, and we are very very thankfully for all the support we got locally.”
The first 100k in 30 Days took place during lockdown 2020 and restrictions were still in place during last year’s event.
"A big difference this year was that there were lots of different events across the country, including group walks and coffee mornings.”
The Connect Credit Union in Blackrock lent their support to the event when staff organised a walkathon on threadmills on the Main Street on June 30th.
There was great excitement when Louth Pink Army Ambassadors Lorna Clarke and Tara Cloney joined the walkers, while Niall and Cara jumped on the treadmills.
While this year’s total won’t match last year’s amazing €1.7million, Niall says they are extremely pleased with the result, given the changed financial climate and the fact that most people are no longer working from home.
"We’re delighted with the response and the support we got locally was fantastic.”
The 100k in 30 days fund-raising pages remain open until July 15th and the final total will be announced on July 21st.