Athea Runs/Walks Faster in Stripes!

  • Athea fundraiser 5k for Ronald McDonald House
The Athea Runs Faster in Stripes Organising Committee gearing up for the event on October 6th. (Pic: Lizzie Murphy)

The community of Athea are holding a number of fundraising events in aid of the Ronald Mc Donald House who are actively seeking funds to develop a new facility. Ronald Mc Donald House provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment in Dublin.

A number of families from the locality have used the service in the past and as a community, we are very grateful for this support; "allowing our family a space to recharge our batteries and focus on what is important – being by our child’s bedside" - The Kiely Family

As part of the fundraising weekend, there is a Coffee Morning on Friday October 4th to take place at Con Colbert Hall at 9.30am and a 5K & Fun Run /Walk on Sunday October 6th, with registration open at Con Colbert Hall from 11am.

Our theme for the weekend is Athea Runs Faster in Stripes where everyone participating in the Run/Walk are encouraged to dress in stripes. Judges will be on the look out for the best striped Woman, Man or Child! There will also be a treasure hunt around the 5K route for children featuring Athea’s famous Giant and an appearance from our local Ducks!

Colm & Donal  at CH fitness have come on board by offering fitness classes at the Creamery in Athea on each Saturday morning at 10am for the month of September for anyone wishing to get fit for the 5k where donations to Ronald McDonald House in lieu of a cost will be accepted.

To add to the excitement of the event, we are in the process of decking out our village in red and white stripes with the assistance and good will from the whole community. Currently we have painted up a house and van at Athea National School which are receiving lots of attention online! We are also appealing to local businesses and homeowners to decorate their own areas in the red and white!

Local businesses have also joined the initiative. O’Riordan’s Pharmacy in Athea are currently selling lines at €2 each, where the winners will walk away with two tickets to see Little Mix in Dublin on October 10th. Lines are available to purchase in the Pharmacy. Urban Angels in Glin are also selling lines to win a bumper hamper full of hair beauty products. A number of businesses have also donated paint, food supplies, signage etc which will allow us to keep our costs to a minimum. Thank you all for your unending support.

There will be no set fee for the coffee morning or Fun Run/Walk and we are encouraging everyone to give what they can to this fantastic cause. This can be done in a number of ways. Online donations can be made on by searching for ‘Athea Runs Faster in Stripes’. Athea Credit Union are also accepting donations by donating to account number 3094. Sponsorship cards will be available in local shops and buckets will be available during all events.

We invite you all to donate what you can, dress in your stripes, and come join us for what we promise will be a fun event for every walker, crawler or runner!  #athearunsfasterinstripes.

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