12th annual Mini Marathon to be held on May Bank Holiday Monday

12th annual Mini Marathon to be held on May Bank Holiday Monday

The 12th annual Kilkenny Mini Marathon will be hosted by Family Carers Ireland (formerly The Carers Association) on Bank holiday Monday 2nd May at 11 a.m. With a 10km run or walk (chipped) and a 5k run or walk (not chipped) starting at Aspect Hotel on the Waterford Road and KCLR broadcasting live from the venue, a great atmosphere is guaranteed for the participants and their supporters on the day.

This year, medals will be given out to all participants who register and successfully complete the 10km marathon.

The Mini Marathon is an important fundraising event for Family Carers Ireland in Kilkenny. In 2015 we helped and supported over 5,500 calls and visits to our centers from family carers, supporters, public health nurses, etc. Family Carers Ireland offers help to carers and their families through support groups and peer support services such as CLASS, which provides support for relatives of a loved one with a mental health difficulty. We also provide free one-to-one counselling for carers and their families. Family Carers Ireland also plays a pivotal role in seeking to influence positive change for family carers through advocacy and lobbying at both local and national level.

“Family carers play a very important role that often goes unnoticed in the wider community,” said Gina Delaney, Outreach and Development Officer with the local Family Carers Ireland. “Most of us will know of someone who looks after a family member and provides them with support in many different capacities – practical, emotional and helping them maintain their respect and dignity. We at Family Carers Ireland aim to ensure that these carers are given access to all the services, supports and information necessary to help them care for their loved one – and themselves – to the best of their ability.”

In order to reach their goals for 2016, Family Carers Ireland need as many people as possible to participate in their Mini Marathon on May 2. Last year, over 300 people generously donated their time to take part in the Mini Marathon and we hope to beat that figure this year. It would be great if you could help us achieve this.

You can register for the Mini Marathon on the Family Carers Ireland website www. familycarers.ie or www.runireland.com or by post or by calling into our center at the Springhill Medical Center on the Waterford road or by phoning 056 772 1424. Registration costs €15 with the closing date on Thursday 28th of April at 5.30pm. You can also register on the day of the Mini Marathon at 9.30am and the fee is €20. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.