Leinster and Irish rugby star Ryan Baird has been announced as a new Ambassador for Family Carers Ireland and he is urging people all over Ireland to get active and challenge themselves to walk, jog or run a distance of 24 kms in 7 days – all while raising vital funds for the charity.
‘Paws for a Cause’ is a national fundraising drive which is taking place during National Carers Week June 13th – 19th, and Ryan and Family Carers Ireland are asking people all over Ireland to walk or run 24k over seven days with or without their furry friend in solidarity with Ireland’s 500,000 family carers and in recognition of the 24/7 nature of many caring roles.
All monies raised by ‘Paws for a Cause’ will go directly to help family carers in crisis, providing essential supports such as counselling, respite and emotional support as well as the purchase of practical support items including hoists, wheelchairs and in some particularly difficult cases, putting food on tables and oil in heating tanks.
Drogheda-based Páraic McGahey, Louth|Meath Carer Supports Manager with Family Carers Ireland, welcomed Ryan’s support.
“With more families than ever relying on Family Carers Ireland for support, this fundraiser couldn’t come at a better time. We are seeing unprecedented levels of stress and financial worries piled on family carers,” said Paraic.
“All of us at Family Carers Ireland are delighted to have an ambassador like Ryan who is willing to literally go the extra mile and help us raise much needed funds and awareness. We want to encourage everyone across Ireland to enjoy the benefits of exercise, while raising money and ultimately having a bit of fun!”
Register for the event at www.familycarers.ie. Registration is just €10 and includes a free t-shirt. No dog? No problem! Join in anyway.