THE RACE has not yet begun, but already over €11,000 has been raised for 26 deserving individuals and causes in Limerick in advance of the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run.
Denyse O’Brien, a Cork native but residing in Limerick, came up with the idea to have 26 people running 26 miles each for 26 charities or worthy individuals.
But her idea had more legs than she ever imagined, and it has taken flight with multiples of that figure now signing up to take part in a series of walks and runs on Sunday, May 3, of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Over 100 participants will run or walk for their chosen charity in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run. While everyone can register with the Great Limerick Run, participants are asked to raise money for one of their 26 nominated causes.
A phenomenal €11,170.30 was raised for the charities through a series of coffee mornings, held throughout the city and county last week, and yesterday cheques were presented to the nominated charities in the Strand hotel.
Among those who held a coffee morning were the Mid-West Spina Bifida Association, Clare’s Wish in the Limerick Chamber Of Commerce, Grow Ireland in their offices on Henry Street, the Red Cross, and in Headway on Steamboat Quay.
The monies by the individual raised will be kept by the charities themselves, rather than divided equally, however proceeds from an upcoming ball will be divided amongst the 26 nominees.
The Great Limerick Ball - the first time ever a ball has been held to honour 26 people or causes - will take place in the Strand hotel on March 21.
Over 230 tickets have already been sold, and tickets are available by contacting the organisers through their Facebook page. Tickets are priced at €50 per person, or €450 for a table of 20.
Over 6,200 people have now registered for the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, with just over nine weeks to go.
Participants have registered from every county in Ireland and to date there are entrants from 18 countries. Some 3,755 people have registered for the six mile event, 1,860 have registered for the half marathon and 645 people will be lining out for the marathon, according to the most recent available figures.
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