Women take on 10km chal­lenge for char­i­ties

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

THE women of north Wick­low made their way to Dublin on the Bank Hol­i­day Sun­day to run or walk this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.

Par­tic­i­pants could sup­port any char­ity, with causes such as Pur­ple House, Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port, Open Door and the Shauna Ka­vanagh Foundation. Some oth­ers ran for causes such as Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Ire­land and the Can­cer Clin­i­cal Re­search Trust in memory of Stephanie Miller. They were among 30,000 peo­ple to tackle the 10km course in Dublin City Cen­tre. ‘Pur­ple House Can­cer Sup­port would like to say a heart­felt thank you to the women who took part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon,’ said a spokesman for the char­ity. ‘Thanks to their sup­port, fam­i­lies avail­ing of Pur­ple House’s ser­vices will know that they are not alone. They will re­ceive vi­tal sup­port ser­vices such as coun­selling, play ther­apy for chil­dren, hos­pi­tal trans­port and other prac­ti­cal sup­port ser­vices and pro­grammes.’ One such fam­ily is the fam­ily of the late Liam Condon who passed away from can­cer aged only 35. Liam’s mother Betty took part in memory of her son. ‘Pur­ple House was a great ease of mind to me, to know that some­one was there when I needed them,’ she said.

Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port’s chair So­nia Walsh said that they are very grate­ful for the en­thu­si­asm of this year’s group. ‘We es­pe­cially wel­comed Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents from St David’s Sec­ondary School, and we very much ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tin­u­ing loy­alty of the Del­gany Guild ICA,’ said So­nia. GCS is mark­ing 25 years of com­mu­nity can­cer care. ‘Thank you to all in Grey­stones who helped our ladies have a suc­cess­ful day out,’ said So­nia.

Group who ran for Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port.

The group who ran for the Shauna Ka­vanagh Foundation.

The af­ter party for run­ners for the Can­cer Clin­i­cal Re­search Trust in memory of Stephanie Miller.

Tina Spi­vack, Lisa Rooney, Mairead En­nis, Linda Hen­nessy, Mary Hayde and Catherine Levins who were run­ning for Pur­ple House.

Tracy Ho­ran, Lor­raine Walsh, Pauline Stevenson, Paula Camp­bell and Paula Mongey.

Ellen Doherty, Jemma O’Dea, Tracy Mur­ray and Jill Men­zel.

Sis­ters Brid­get and Louise Beirne.

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