VIDEO: Kamal to run for Special Olympics in Limerick

SPECIAL Olympics Ireland has gained a new running mate in the shape of former Mr World and RTE star, Kamal Ibrahim, who has signed up to run the Great Limerick Run for the charity.

Limerick’s Kamal will line up for the charity on Sunday May 4 for the fifth Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run which takes place throughout the streets of the city and will feature up to 11,000 participants.

Kamal, who will run the 10km section of the race, is one of a growing team, including Newstalk host Chris Donoghue, who has answered the call to run for Special Olympics and help to raise funds.

Former Munster and Ireland rugby star, David Wallace, has also backed the campaign.

“I’m delighted to be running as part of Team Special Olympics for the Great Limerick Run,’ said Kamal, from Thomondgate.

“Not only is this a great charity with some of the best athletes but the Ireland Games are also coming back to my home city in June and running the Great Limerick Run and raising some money is a super way to support these important Games,” he added.

As part of the preparations for the run, Kamal joined with a dedicated group of Team Special Olympics runners for a training session in the University of Limerick recently.

“I would really appeal to people to show their support to the 1,500 athletes travelling here in June from all over Ireland by signing up for the Great Limerick Run in May and taking a fundraising pack. Every single euro raised will go towards helping to make the Games a success,” added Kamal, who won the Mr World title in 2010.

For more see details see Great Limerick Run. To find out more about Special Olympics Ireland see Special Olympics.