The launch of the Carers Associations Kilkenny Mini Marathon took place this week in the Mayor’s Parlour Kilkenny. The 7th Annual Kilkenny Mini Marathon, founded by the Carers Association, will in time emulate the success of other City Marathons in this country. This event can be used as a warm up for those looking forward to participating in the Dublin Mini Marathon in June, and other local events.
The Mayor, Mr Martin Brett, said he is proud to be associated with this event which will benefit Family Carers in Kilkenny/Carlow area. He pointed out that the Carers Association do tremendous work supporting 161,000 Family Carers in this country, adding that carers save the state over 2 billion every year.
Pat Grogan, local Centre Manager highlighted the fact that Carers are often confined to their homes, looking after loved ones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“There are over 5,000 family carers in Kilkenny/Carlow area, providing close to 120,000 hours of care each week. The local Resource Centre provides information and advice for Carers, together with practical in-home respite hours, to give carers a much needed break from their caring roles. We also provide training courses for carers in areas such as manual and patient handling, and practical caring skills.”
Pat also offered to attend employee meetings/gatherings to let people know about the services being provided by The Carers Association, and the importance of their support and fun-raising efforts.
The event, which is also open to participants from other Charitable organisations in Kilkenny and surrounding areas, will be held on the May Bank Holiday Monday 2nd of May at 3.00p.m. The 10km run will start and finish at Aspect Hotel Kilkenny and is open to everyone. You can run, jog, walk or wheel 10 km and successful participants will receive a Certificate for their efforts.
Businesses can also support the Kilkenny Mini Marathon by encouraging staff and families to participate, have some fun, and raise sponsorship through sponsorship cards.