Each year thousands and thousands of women take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and each year thousands and thousands of euros are raised for hundreds of different charities.
For some smaller charities the money raised annually by women taking part in the mini marathon on their behalf is the largest fund raising event in their calendar and they depend so much on the efforts of those women across the year.
So yes it is great to get out and exercise on a personal level but the off shoot of women running this June bank holiday weekend is that so much money is raised for so many worthy causes. So all in all it is pretty impressive.
This year I am running on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society in memory of a great colleague and friend Tony Fenton who we lost last year tragically to cancer. I miss Tony every day and so does everyone who knew him and I am confident I will never ever meet anyones else like him. His positivity and plan to live life to the absolute fullest was infectious and inspiring. I do think of him when I am training. Especially when I am choosing music to run to, as so many songs we know and love were ‘Tony’s songs.’ And since Today FM's Shave or Dye started in 2010 through the generous actions and donations of our listeners it has raised millions. I would like to add to that pot in whatever way I can.
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My colleague Susan Keogh who is also taking part this year in the mini marathon is raising funds to go towards The Bone Marrow For Leukaemia Trust. A fully voluntary body doing incredible work and who helped her brother in law's mom through her brave battle with Leukaemia.
To Donate to Susan https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/in-memory-of-noreen
Ann Gleeson, producer of the Louise Duffy Show, is running this year as part of Team Today FM for her 3rd year and all in aid of Epilepsy Ireland. She has two of my brothers who suffer from epilepsy and benefit from the incredible work Epilepsy Ireland do.
To donate to Ann https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/ann-s-mini-marathon-2016
I wish you all the best of luck in your training and your fundraising this week. Taking part in the mini marathon is really two jobs and two jobs to be very proud of!
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