Julia Lubbock is doing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon to raise funds for the Irish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal. She tells us why she’s such a fan of the charity.
“I am a lifelong animal lover and have a rescue dog myself. Her name is Blue, and I know a little bit about her life before she came to me. She was purchased as a puppy but as she grew bigger and more energetic her owner didn't want her any more.
What I love most about her is how much she understands me - she always knows when it's time to bounce around and play, and when to curl up on the sofa with me for a cuddle. I have never met another dog that is as in tune with people's emotions and she surprises me every day with her depth of feelings.
I have taken part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon the last two years, raising funds for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), and have had a great experience both times. The ISPCA is currently raising funds to build a wing at the centre for rescued mother dogs and their puppies and raising funds for the charity is a really great way to give back to a cause I care a lot about.
Around 90 percent of the ISPCA’s funding comes from donations, so events like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon are so important, and can be a really fun and easy way to support a charity. My friends and family are always so supportive, and even giving just €5 helps, as those €5 donations add up by the time the race rolls around.
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is just a great way to not only give back to a charity, but to also help you get active with so many other women who care about the same causes as you do. My goal each year is to improve on my time from the previous year, so I also have a fitness goal that helps motivate me to get fit in advance.
Everyone is always so positive and excited to be there, and the atmosphere is like nothing else with all the people cheering, rain or shine, and all the women encouraging one another. I love the feeling of camaraderie at the race every year with all the ladies, and I swear it helps you run faster!”
The ISPCA was established by a group of volunteers from all over Ireland in May 1949. Since then it has worked to rescue, rehome and rehabilitate neglected animal around Ireland. Today the society, is Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity, with 19 affiliated member societies and works to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve animal suffering and promote animal welfare across the country.
For more information on the ISPCA go to ispca.ie