Marathon of hope

Run­ner to tackle Dublin Marathon to raise funds

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AS National Down Syn­drome Day ap­proaches, lo­cal run­ner Suzanne Pope pre­pares to run the Dublin Marathon in the UK at the end of the month for the Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion Amath­ole (DSAA).

Pope has, to date, run eight marathons around the world, in­clud­ing the Lon­don Marathon, New York Marathon, Athens Marathon and Amsterdam Marathon, to name a few.

For Pope, this will be her fifth marathon used as a fundrais­ing drive for lo­cal char­i­ties.

Pre­vi­ous ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude the East Lon­don SPCA, Bri­tish char­ity, Chil­dren with Leukemia and the East Lon­don Ro­tary Club of Ar­ca­dia.

“My first marathon was the Lon­don Marathon in 2006. I re­ceived an en­try ticket through my then-em­ploy­ers, In­vestec. The con­di­tion was that I ran for a lo­cal char­ity, so I chose the East Lon­don SPCA,” Pope ex­plained.

“I find that run­ning for a char­ity adds pur­pose to my train­ing and the event. I like help­ing other peo­ple and I do be­lieve that we can make a dif­fer­ence through small acts of kind­ness and com­pas­sion,” she said.

National Down Syn­drome Day is cel­e­brated coun­try­wide on Oc­to­ber 20. The as­so­ci­a­tion hosts its an­nual aware­ness tea geared at rais­ing funds and cre­at­ing aware­ness on Oc­to­ber 21.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also of­fers monthly sup­port group dance ses­sions for young­sters with Down syn­drome. Dy­namic Body Stu­dio’s Vicky Luff fa­cil­i­tates the dance ses­sions and mem­bers of the pub­lic are welcome to vol­un­teer their time and to come and en­joy in­ter­act­ing and danc­ing with young adults.

“We're so happy to have Suzanne as part of our aware­ness cre­at­ing cam­paign this year and hope that with her help we can raise the much-needed funds and aware­ness,” said DSAA branch direc­tor Denise Taylor.

“Down syn­drome (DS) is the most com­mon oc­cur­ring chro­mo­so­mal con­di­tion caused by an ex­tra chro­mo­some 21. There is a great need to in­crease aware­ness of DS in ev­ery sphere of life. Spread­ing the word will in­crease open­ness on the sub­ject and con­trib­ute to bet­ter care and su­per­vi­sion.”

Now em­ployed by San­lam Glacier, Pope has strong sup­port from her em­ployer who strongly be­lieves in sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity through var­i­ous spon­sor­ships and ini­tia­tives.

The com­pany has been sup­port­ing the Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion for a few years wher­ever pos­si­ble. Pope will be run­ning the Dublin Marathon for the char­ity in the hope that the as­so­ci­a­tion will re­ceive ad­di­tional funds and sup­port from the East Lon­don com­mu­nity.

“Fi­nan­cial sup­port is vi­tal for this char­ity to con­tinue help­ing the chil­dren and sup­port­ing their fam­i­lies. There are so many peo­ple out there who need help in var­i­ous forms.

“I can’t help them all but I can try and im­prove aware­ness and hope gen­er­ous peo­ple will open their hearts and help in what­ever way they can,” said Pope.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion,

please con­tact Taylor at or on

(043) 722-4918.

All are welcome to at­tend the an­nual aware­ness tea tak­ing place on Saturday Oc­to­ber 21 at the Os­ner Ho­tel. For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact So­nia on 072-784-0398.


NEW ‘LEASH’ ON LIFE: Born in a Cage founder Robyn Krugel held a fam­ily fundraiser at the Bea­con Bay Coun­try Club on Saturday. With the help of the East Lon­don Com­mu­nity, so far Krugel has man­aged to save nine English bull­dogs from life in a cage and in­hu­mane con­di­tions in breed­ing ken­nels. Krugel’s lat­est suc­cess in­volved the suc­cess­ful res­cu­ing and re-hom­ing of four English bull­dogs – two in Jo­han­nes­burg and two in East Lon­don. Un­for­tu­nately, two of the dogs saved from the ken­nels had to be eu­thanased ow­ing to the dire con­di­tions they were in. Pic­tured are the happy dogs with their new fam­i­lies. From left, Me­gan and Mandy Munro with Bailey, Chad Willmers with Lucy, Robyn Krugel with Thor­ton and Ethan Lyle with Don­ald

EV­ERY KM COUNTS: Suzanne Pope will be run­ning her ninth marathon at the end of the month. This will be her fifth marathon for char­ity and this year it will be for the Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion Amath­ole

Pic­tures: SUP­PLIED

DS AWARE­NESS: Down Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion Amath­ole chil­dren Travers Ball and Kayla Skein proudly wear their DS T-shirts. Next week we cel­e­brate National Down Syn­drome Day

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