Event smashes €47k target
A Triathlon in aid of St Catherine's Association smashed their fundraising target of €47,500 for a new disability friendly playground.
Wicklow businesses, families and friends of children supported by St Catherine's turned out en masse to back Saturday's triathlon held at Brittas Bay.
A total of €53,000 has been raised, far in excess of the original target.
Funds raised via the triathlon will build a disability friendly playground for children who attend respite and residential care at Brambles, Haughton House and Haughton Lodge in Newcastle.
St Catherine's is a non-profit organisation that provides specialist services to children with autistic spectrum disorders, developmental delay and intellectual disabilities from across County Wicklow.
It supports more than 200 children with moderate to profound disabilities. At the moment, the children have a small number of outdoor play facilities which can not be accessed by children in wheelchairs.
The Sporting Proud Triathlon catered for all fitness levels and included a full Olympic triathlon consisting of a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. The sprint distance event was made up of a .75km swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. People who didn't compete but wanted to support the building of the disability playground could donate through the Sportingproud website.