Champion jockeys and an Irish rugby hero joined forces on Friday morning to launch the Carlow Half/Mini Marathon, which will raise vital funds for over 6,000 family carers across Kilkenny and Carlow.
Ruby Walsh, Patrick Mullins, Paul Townsend, David Casey and Willie Mullins, along with Irish Rugby hero Sean O’ Brien all came out to support the event. Family carers across Ireland save the health budget billions of euro each year by providing unpaid care.
The Superbowl Development in Carlow which provides sports facilities to the community will also benefit. There will be a fun family day held in the Superbowl Park on the day.
The event will include a half marathon/mini marathon/5k and is open to runners, joggers, wheelchair users and walkers. Free training sessions take place each Friday at 7pm from the Superbowl for registered participants.
“This fundraising event will play a vital role in the development of support and services to family carers in the Carlow and Kilkenny region,” said Pat Grogan of the Carers Association.
“There are over 6,500 Carers registered to date and although we receive allocated funding from government it’s not enough to sustain these vital supports particularly in light of recent cuts.”
The event is sponsored by WP Mullins and Brooks Sports through JF Sports Carlow along with local businesses and takes place on September 1, at 12pm from the Superbowl.