Women take on 10km challenge for charities
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.