On the run for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

| June 15, 2017
MORE than 600 women, including participants from County Limerick, hit the ground running on the June bank holiday for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland in this year’s VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon. Many of the runners would have had personal reasons for taking part as Ireland has the highest prevalence and some of the most severe types of CF in the world with more than 1,200 men, women and children living with CF in Ireland.
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Nora Kelly, Christine Deloughery and Trish Kelly.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland depends on voluntary fundraising and public donations for 95 percent of its services, the mini-marathon is one of its biggest annual fundraising endeavours. In taking part in the event, these ladies had just one goal in mind; raising €100,000 for CF services, including support for dedicated CF staff in hospitals, patient support grants in areas such as transplant assessment and fertility treatment, and research.

Getting her running shoes on this year for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland was campaign ambassador and TV3 Red Rock actress Róisín O’Donovan. For Róisín, taking part in the mini-marathon, and in particular to support the cystic fibrosis cause, was rather special
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“There is something unique about the atmosphere at the women’s mini marathon, and being a part of the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world. For me, what makes it so special is joining in a purple sea of women who are doing this not for themselves, not for personal achievement, but for others. For people with cystic fibrosis, life is tough enough.”

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