Five-mile challenge for charity

The seventh annual Anne Valley five-mile challenge takes place on Saturday, February 9 in Dunhill to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Waterford Hospice.

The seventh annual Anne Valley five-mile challenge takes place on Saturday, February 9 in Dunhill to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Waterford Hospice.

Busy mother of three, Tricia Quinn from Dunhill is asking people in Kilkenny to make their new year’s resolution early by registering now for the challenge. People can register online for €13 at www.annevalleyrunning.webs.com or on the day from 10am in Harney’s Pub Dunhill. Traditionally, the race has attracted a lot of support from both walkers and runners from Kilkenny.

Over the past seven years, nearly €32,000 euro has been raised for charity by the Annual Anne Valley 5-mile Challenge, with last year’s event attracting 380 in the main race, 88 juveniles in the 2km and 200 walkers and fun runners. The organisers are urging people of all abilities to participate and to check out reviews from last year’s race to get a real sense of this adventure.

“People just keep coming back for the location, the craic and the fact that they are raising money that will provide vital care services for local people,” said Tricia Quinn.

“We couldn’t do it without the fantastic support we get from the running clubs throughout Waterford, Kilkenny and Cork and we’ve people coming from all over the country and from the UK for next year’s event.”

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation was founded by Jonathan Irwin and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien based on their own experience caring for their son Jack at home until he passed away in December 1997. This experience became the blue print for the Jack & Jill model of home nursing care which supports 300 families in Ireland today and has helped 1,600 families since 1997, including 35 families in Kilkenny, 50 families in Waterford and 180 in Cork.

The service includes funding, home visits, advice, information, lobbying and bereavement support. Jack & Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to operate this service and, with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation raises the money it needs through mobile phone and cash donations from the public, corporate partners and regular fundraisers of every description.