Thu, 23 Aug 2012
Families get Running to Support IWA
(L to R) Derval Toomey, Cathy Stenson, and Sarah McGuckin celebrate completing this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon to raise money for IWA Youth Service

Families get Running to Support IWA

Congratulations Ladies!

Well done to all the ladies who took part in this year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon to raise money for IWA Youth Service clubs. The weather held up on June Bank Holiday Monday making it a great day to take part in the largest event of its kind in the world, with thousands of women waking, running, and jogging to support a wide range of worthwhile causes.

Sarah McGuckin from Balinteer showed what she was made of by running the full 10K course having spent several months in training. "I'd done it before but this was my first year running the whole thing. It was a great day and we all had lots of fun. The atmosphere on the day was great; we all just got caught up in it. We spotted some other ladies running for Irish Wheelchair Association too - and some from Cuisle Holiday Centre."

Sarah's daughter Megan is a member of IWA Youth Service and has just returned from a Teen Youth Break in Cuisle, in Co. Roscommon, as well as being a regular at IWA's youth cafes. Along with Derval Toomey and Cahty Stenson (pictured above) Sarah managed to raise some much needed funds to help support IWA Youth Service and the work it does with young people with physical disabilities.

A Big Thank You!

Sarah was not the only Mum out doing her bit for the Youth Service. IWA Youth Worker, Dave Barry was eager to thank Jackie Cashel from Finglas and Karen Lyons from Swords who also took up the challenge of getting around the 10 kilometre course and raising funds for the youth service. "Earlier this year we asked if anyone would be interested in doing the Mini Marathon and Jackie, Karen, and Sarah all came back to us and said they'd give it a go. Fair play to them and to their families and friends who got involved."

Want to help us raise funds?

If you'd like to get involved in helping IWA Youth Service to raise funds, why not give the Youth Workers (Dave or Stephen) a call? So far this year we've been involved in the Runamuck Challenge - a 5K mud race - local Church gate collections, and the Mini Marathon.

Table Quiz Fundraiser

Our next challenge is a Dublin to Galway cycle in July (in one day!). If you're not quite up to that, you can still come along to our Quiz Night n aid of the cycle on Thursday 21 June at 8pm in Craobh Chiarain GAA Club (Parnell Park). It's 40 euro per table (4-6 people) with full bar (for over 18s!) and lots of fun and prizes on the night.