Two fundraising events are taking place in the Foynes area this weekend to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis charity TLC4CF.
First off is the Foynes 5K run which takes place this Sunday, June 1. This is the second year of the run which takes in a flat and fast course around the village.
Afterwards there will be refreshments in the community centre and participants will also be able to enjoy the various events taking place during the day as part of the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival which is also taking place this weekend.
To register in advance for the run, go to www.precisiontiming.net. There will also be registration on the day from 10am until 11.30am, with the race starting at 12pm.
It is open to runners and walkers of all abilities and families are welcome to take part.
The second event being organised by local woman Agnes O’Brien for TLC4CF is an open week at the nearby Knockpatrick Garden. The award-winning three-acre garden overlooking the Shannon Estuary will be open every day of the week from 2pm to 6pm. The entry fee is €5 which goes towards the charity.
According to Ms O’Brien, the house stands over 200 yards above road level, with the garden descending around this highest point.
“The gardens are a haven for enthusiasts and contain a variety of colour through the collections of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, bamboos, primulas, poppies and many varieties of tree ferns and grasses. The blue poppies are a real treasure. The garden is divided into different levels with pools and water features among the plants.
“There are many large mature trees including maples, red horse chestnut, palm, oak, monkey puzzle, cedar and magnolia,” she said.
Knockpatrick Garden is located just off the N69, 1.6km on the Limerick side of Foynes.
The charity TLC4CF was formed a number of years ago with the aim of constructing a purpose-built unit for adults with CF on the grounds of Limerick University Hospital. The unit is currently under construction and is due to be completed in October. It will contain an outpatient clinic with five treatment rooms and specialist equipment; nine isolated inpatient en suite rooms; a physiotherapy gym; family room; reception and ancillary rooms.
TLC4CF are currently trying to raise €400,000 to fit out and equip this new facility so that it can open in early 2015.