FAMILY members of the late Aaron O’Flaherty, aged nine, are hoping that many runners will sign up with them this May to raise funds for hospitals which helped him in his final days.
Aaron, from Castletroy View, died tragically after he fell into the water, at a popular location beside Black Head Lighthouse on the Fanore to Ballyvaughan coast road in May of last year.
Some 20 friends and members of his family are taking part in the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run on May 3, to raise funds for Galway University Hospital, where he was initially airlifted to, and Temple Street hospital in Dublin, where the boy with the “irrespressible smile” sadly passed away.
This year’s Kids Run in the University of Limerick on Saturday, May 2, the day before the big races, will take place in Aaron’s memory. “Aaron really enjoyed the Kids Run in 2013 and his medal took pride of place in our home,” said his mum Cecilia, who is a Civil Defence officer,
“I’m really touched that this year’s event will be held in his memory. As a Civil Defence Officer in Limerick, I have worked at every single Great Limerick Run weekend. The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run and Aaron’s anniversary will always be linked for me now, as I was not long home from last year’s event when I got the call about his accident. So I’m extremely grateful to the organisers for doing this for Aaron and I hope the event will be well supported by children and their parents,” she said.
Race organiser John Cleary said Cecilia “is part of the Great Limerick Run family and we’re delighted to honour Aaron in this way. “Aaron symbolised what this event is all about - having fun, being active and enjoying participating in a fun collective event.”
Aaron loved sport and was a member of Claughaun GAA Club, Seal Swimming Club and Limerick Lakers Basketball Club.
His mother said “there was always a ball of some shape” in front of him, but basketball was his favourite.
Details of supporting them can be found on their Facebook page, under Remembering Aaron. The early bird discount to enter the race will end on midnight, Thursday, February 5. After this time, prices will increase by up to €10 per event. www.greatlimerickrun.com/