Tuesday 20 February 2018

Club News: Nacewa launches Aware's 11th Run

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa Picture: PA
Leinster captain Isa Nacewa Picture: PA

Leinster Rugby captain Isa Nacewa officially launched the 11th annual Aware Christmas Run, which takes place on Saturday, December 10 in the Phoenix Park.

Aware is one of Leinster Rugby's two charity partners this season and the Christmas Run is a flagship event, which raises about €60,000 for the organisation's nationwide depression support, education and information services. Online registration is available now on aware.ie for both 5k and 10k options, and participants are encouraged to further support Aware's work by raising sponsorship.

Speaking at the launch in Leinster Rugby HQ, Isa Nacewa said: "We are really proud to be associated with the Aware Christmas Run this year, not only because Aware is one of Leinster Rugby's charity partners, but because the event highlights the really important link between physical and mental health. We hope lots of rugby supporters will sign up to support the Aware Run this year."

Aware is hoping for over 3,000 participants in this year's Christmas Run. Registration for this event is €25 per person and chip timing applies. The race is run under AAI rules, and the event is proudly sponsored by Mondelez International and supported by 98FM and the Irish Independent. For further information, check out aware.ie

Warrior spirit

The Dunbrody Warriors – from New Ross RFC – are an inclusive tag rugby team for people with disabilities, and they took part in an exhibition match in Donnybrook a few weeks ago against the Tullamore Tigers.

The team was formed about a year ago with the aid and support of Leinster Rugby, New Ross Rugby club, Sports Active in Wexford Co Council and Cummas disability services.

It was a joy to see the excitement and smiles on the faces of the players from both sides, and also to witness the impressive skill level on display.

The match allowed everyone the opportunity to get involved and be active. Well done to everyone and many thanks to Old Wesley RFC for kindly giving the teams use of their changing rooms and the facilities.

Irish Independent

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