SINCE it began 13 years ago, the Ballingarry 10k Fun Run has clocked up the remarkable achievement of donating over €230,000 to various charities.
And that admirable achievement is set to continue when the annual event takes place, once more, on Sunday, September 15.
Already, almost €3,000 has come in in advance of this year’s run, which is in aid of Pieta House, says chief organiser Bridget O’Keeffe. But she is confident this will increase dramatically over the next fortnight.
“I feel very strongly about suicide and suicide prevention and about the need to increase awareness of the help that is there for people who are thinking about suicide,” Ms O’Keeffe said. “I have visited Pieta House and they do amazing work there. They provide a brilliant service, and one that does not depend on how much money you have.”
“This is our first time doing the run for Pieta House and we are delighted to be doing it,” she added.
Sponsorship cards are available for the 10k run and Ms O’Keeffe has urged people to take one and get it filled. They can be obtained locally from Nora Farragher or from Bridget on 086-0577224.
“Since we started the Fun Run thirteen years ago, events like ours have grown in popularity and taken off all over the country. But we don’t charge an entry fee. We ask people to register on the day and to make a donation. That way, nobody is stopped from taking part,” Ms O’Keeffe explained. As a result, whole families as well as serious athletes have done the 10km course.
Registration will take place in the Community Hall in Ballingarry at 1.30pm on September 15 and the Fun Run will get underway at 2pm.
As usual, there will be a lot of volunteers stewarding the run and a team back at base providing teas and entertainment.